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Italy’s PM Conte denies Russia's financial influence on his government

Matteo Salvini, the Vice Prime Minister, the Head of Internal Affairs Ministry of Italy, the leader of Lega Nord, an Italian far-right party, refused to testify before the parliament of the country on Russian money case
13:26, 25 July 2019

The Head of Italy’s Government Giuseppe Conte
Reuters

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 the 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, as Il Sole 24 ORE reported.

“On the basis of information which the Head of the Government has, I can say that Savoini does not hold and did not hold the post of the expert in that government. He visited Moscow on July 15-16, 2018 as he was accompanying Minister Salvini,” Conte said.

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Conte stressed that his government was never subjected to influence from Russia and he trusts the members of his government completely, as Radio Liberty reports.

Matteo Salvini, the Vice Prime Minister, the Head of Internal Affairs Ministry of Italy, the leader of Lega Nord, an Italian far-right party, refused to testify before the parliament of the country on Russian money case. Yet, he expressed readiness to talk about this.

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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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