Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Italy expected to propose revival of European Union fundings

Italy expected to propose revival of European Union fundings

During a visit to Moscow, Salvini said that the EU has applied sanctions against Russian Federation for "possible violations against Ukraine" without taking any measures due to the occupation by Turkey of Northern Cyprus "European countries" - since 1974, reports the with reference for a New time.

Earlier, on 5 October, the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini accused the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner for economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici EU "in the destruction of Europe and Italy in particular".

After Russia in 2014 annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and started backing separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine, the European Union imposed economic sanctions which have been augmented and repeatedly extended since then. Salvini leads Italy's far-right League party and is also Italy's interior minister. He said an assessment of what was most in Italian interests would be made.

"If we are asked to confirm the sanctions, we say no".

The curbs on doing business with Russian banking, financial and energy sectors were renewed in June but expire at the end of January and are up for discussion in Brussels.

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"We can only play the veto joker once in Europe", Salvini said, noting that Italy is also battling Brussels on other fronts, including over the European Union budget, immigration reform, and Italy's own, contested 2019 budget. "If they reject that, I don't know what card I will play", he said.

"I feel at home here".

Salvini, a long-time admirer of Russian President Vladmir Putin, has pledged to work to ensure the sanctions against Russia were lifted through "good manners, numbers and the art of democracy".

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due in Moscow next week for talks with Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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