The Government of Italy is working to try to end the international sanctions against Russia, which the ruling parties in Rome say are ineffective and hurt the Italian economy. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, said this at a foreign policy conference in Genova, as Reuters reports.
According to Conte, the sanctions against the Russian Federation after Crimea's annexation in 2014 are not supposed to be the target. He outlined that the sanctions should not affect the Italian economy.
When asked if Italy wanted them lifted, he replied: “We are working for this objective”, the Prime Minister said.
Therefore, the national emergency declared on March 6, 2014, and measures are taken then, including those adopted on March 16, 20 and December 19, 2014, were prolonged for one more year to deal with this emergency. Besides, the measures imposed by Trump’s Administration on September 20, 2018, were also extended.