Regional council of Italian region Lombardy voted for recognizing the occupied Crimea as a territory of the Russian Federation and for cancelling sanctions against Russia, according to Giorno.
Party ”North League" (Lega Nord) initiated the resolution “Recognition of self-determination principle for the Crimea and cancelling sanctions for Russia”. The resolution was supported by MPs from “Forza Italy”, “Brothers of Italy” and “5 Stars Movement”.
MPs from “Democratic Party” and “Civil Pact” voted against the resolution.
The decision adopted empowers the Lombardy Council to interact with national government to restore dialogue with Russia, change relations between European institutions and the Russian Federation, promote cancelling sanctions against Russia, encourage Italian authorities to condemn EU policy regarding non-recognition of the occupied Crimea.
As a reminder, Liguria Regional Council adopted a similar resolution on June 29, and Veneto Regional Council – on May 18.
It is important to note that ”North League" and “Forza Italy” are considered to be pro-Russian parties in Italy.