Russian-Italian relations will continue, despite the challenges of Russian-European relations, told the Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev D. A. and his Italian colleague Matteo Renzi.
"Perhaps now is not the easiest times for EU-Russia cooperation, the stronger these contacts," said the head of the Russian government, welcoming colleagues. He noticed that Russia and Italy due to " historical, very advanced ", RIA " Novosti." I hope that during the current visit, we can discuss not only the issues of foreign policy, which you will discuss with the President of our country, but also bilateral relations, which are ongoing, including trade and economic relations, although, of course, they are affected and the overall situation in the Russian-European cooperation, " Medvedev said. With his own hand Renzi warmly expressed his gratitude for the hospitality of the Russian delegation. According to him, He welcomes the opportunity to discuss the main issues that concern the relations between the 2 countries and international environment." We would like to discuss in detail the issues that concern our relations in the current 2015, " said Italian Prime Minister.- I am aware about the fact that the Russian Federation attaches great importance to the EXPO 2015, which will open in Milan this month ". Renzi added that Italy is expecting a large influx of Russian citizens, who will be attending this event. He said that already the date of the day of Russia, which will take place at the exposition." I think that despite the difficult international environment, yet our relations will continue, " concluded the head of the Italian government." Russia is a large pavilion", He said and expressed the hope that " the Russian President Putin will be with us in Italy, in Milan, on the occasion of this event ". According to him, all Russian travelers will welcome guests in Milan, not only in the days of the exposition, but " at any time ". Before it was also noted that Renzi will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the conversation will touch upon the key issues of the Russian-Italian cooperation, as well as topical issues of the international agenda, as well as among them Russia's relations with the European Union and the crisis in Ukraine.