Natalia Shmakov. In terms of mutual sanctions between the West And Russia it is important not to pass the "point of no return" And not lose much of the potential that has been accumulated over decades of mutually beneficial cooperation, said Russian Ambassador to Italy Sergei Razov.
Speaking at the IV Eurasian forum in Verona, Razov said that up to 2013 the volume of mutual trade between Russia And Italy grew, reaching a record $ 54 billion.
"last year the turnover decreased to 48, 5 billion, and this year there is a decrease of almost thirty percent, among them Russia supplies 30% of Italian exports by almost 40%," said Razov.
in his vision, there are 3 main reasons that led to this.
"First, the reduction in world energy prices, which constitute the bulk of Russian exports to Italy. Second, a sharp correction of the exchange rate between the ruble And the Euro that did not more favorable to the purchase of items And services in the Euro area, including Italy. And thirdly, it is punishment, " - said the diplomat.
The Russian Ambassador has noticed that penalties apply with respect to Russia in violation of WTO principles And have long since lost any causal link with what is happening in Ukraine And around it.
"And at this sensitive historic stage in relations between Russia And the West are important to us, such as Russia And Italy, do not pass" point of no return ", losing much of the potential that has been accumulated over decades of mutually beneficial cooperation, " said Razov.
according to his statement, he assumes that all political crises are overcome sooner or later.
"steadily overcome And the Ukrainian crisis, which is the formal reason for the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions. Figuratively speaking, crises come And go, and national government desires remain, And I am absolutely sure that the development And deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia And Italy is in our common interests, " he concluded.