The government of Italy opposes the EU’s decision to continue sanctions against Russia, and decisively blocks the option to extend the restrictions until late 2017. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said this after the summit of EU leaders, as quoted by Radio Liberty.
‘We had a discussion which, fortunately, finished without accepting the option that would be wrong – as I take it. It would be wrong to react to what’s going on in Syria and Aleppo with EU sanctions against Russia,’ Gentiloni said.
Italy was among the countries, which opposed the joint initiative of Poland and the UK to extend the anti-Russian sanctions. Moreover, Italy blocked the decision to continue the restrictions for another year – until late 2017.
Previously, diplomatic source in the EU said that the bloc’s leaders agreed to extend the anti-Russian sanctions until the middle of 2017.
Source: Radio Liberty