The head of the Italian government Matteo Renzi in his speech at the University of Berlin called the European policy of confrontation with Russia " political mistake and cultural crime."
"Russia must respect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. But the policy of confrontation with Russia – political mistake, a cultural crime. Russia – is our closest neighbour and has to be a strategic partner in the battle against crime ", - quotes RIA "news" words of Matteo Renzi.
The head of the Italian government paid a one-day visit to Germany, in which spoke a speech at the University of Berlin." observe anti-Russian idea in the European Union means not know neither Russia, nor Europe, which was born As the Union is not against anyone, " reminded the Italian Prime Minister. Europe must have a soul ". According to his statement, cannot be reduced to the existence of the European Union only to economic benefits. As reported by the print edition OPINION, first Wednesday of the permanent Commissioner of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov expressed doubt that before the end of this year, the situation with the anti-Russian sanctions may fundamentally change. Russia and the European Union, according to his statement, continue the dialogue on migration issues, despite the punishment." Pick them up, of migrants, of course, do not offer - we offer exchange of experience. In the issue of peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups, religious groups, Russia has the experience, who probably have the opportunity to envy the most, " said Chizhov. Remember, on 22 June, the EU Council formally extended punishment against Russia for another six months, until 31 January 2016.