Italian opposition to submit no-confidence motion against minister over alleged funding from Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Democratic Party’s move comes after Interior Minister refused to answer lawmakers’ questions on allegations that his League party has sought Russian funding
14:37, 25 July 2019

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

Italy's Democratic Party will put forward a no-confidence motion against Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. This was reported by Politico agency.

The opposition party's announcement came after Salvini, the leader of the far-right League, refused to appear in parliament to answer lawmakers' questions on allegations that his party has sought Russian funding.

The Democratic Party's no-confidence motion is unlikely to pass, as for a majority in parliament, the 5Stars would have to vote against their coalition partner, which would effectively collapse the government — a possibility neither governing party appears keen on at the moment.

As it was reported earlier, head of Italy’s Government Giuseppe Conte said he did not have information about illegal deal on receiving money of Lega Nord (an Italian right-wing political party, - ed.), as he told to the Senate in the report on case against Advisor of Vice Prime Minister of the country Gianluca Savoini, who according to some information, was dealing with Moscow concerning illegal funding if the ruling party Lega Nord.

Salvini stated that his political force did not hold negotiations with Kremlin representatives on funding.

According to Buzzfeed, during Salvini’s visit to Moscow in October 2018 his assistant Savoini organized a meeting with an unnamed official from Kremlin where Italians tried to agree on supplies of Russian oil within one year worth $1,5 billion. Lega Nord had to receive four percent from this sum.

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