Salvini heads to Russian Federation, urges end of European Union sanctions

League party leader Matteo Salvini speaks at the media after a round of consultations with Italy's newly appointed Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Lower House in Rome Italy

League party leader Matteo Salvini speaks at the media after a round of consultations with Italy's newly appointed Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Lower House in Rome Italy

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 Chronicle.info with reference for a New time.

Far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini flew to Moscow on Wednesday to head an Italian business delegation at a trade meeting, launching a fresh attack on the European Union over its economic sanctions against Russian Federation.

"Instead, the European Union was financing and courting Turkey, "...a country that has had a European country under military occupation for 44 years" while imposing sanctions against Russian Federation for its 2014 annexation of Crimea, he said.

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The EU, meanwhile, asked the EIB to stop new financing operations in Russia and the EBRD suspended EU-Russia bilateral and regional cooperation programs. although its projects dealing exclusively with civil society were maintained. "It's clear that it makes no sense that they are in place". Italy's move to reach out to smaller Russian businesses comes as Reuters reported that Italy is resisting an European Union push to impose sanctions on states that carry out cyberattacks.

Italy was the only European Union member state that openly resisted the new sanctions regime, according to a confidential European Union document seen by Reuters. Its calls for de-escalating tensions with Moscow have grown louder since a new, anti-establishment government took office in Italy in June.

Interior Minister of Italy and leader of the far-right party "League" Matteo Salvini said that Ukraine is fueling a religious war.

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