(Updated: 10:29 11/09/2018)
MOSCOW, September 11 (Itar-Tass) – RIA Novosti. Vice-President and Italian Minister of Internal Affairs Matteo Salvini said in an interview with RT that Europe has the opportunity to reconsider relations with Russia.
"In May of next year there will be a historic opportunity to finally change the attunement of the troops in Europe," he said, which clearly implies the elections for the European Parliament, which will take place at the end of May 2019.
He added that he sees "no economic, political, social and cultural significance" in anti-Russian sanctions.
"I continually draw the attention of the government to the losses and will continue to do so," concluded the deputy prime minister.
Salvini regularly criticizes anti-Russian sanctions. In July, for example, he promised that Italy would be one of the first countries to support the lifting of the EU's economic constraints. Earlier, the minister announced his willingness to discuss the status of Crimea and he admitted that the government would veto the extension of the sanctions in connection with the reunification of the peninsula with Russia. He also noted that Moscow is an important partner of Rome in trade and energy, so it is necessary to start from the principle of good neighborliness.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated as a result of the situation in Ukraine. As a result, Western countries imposed a number of sanctions, Moscow took retaliatory measures.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly rejected allegations of interference in the affairs of Ukraine, stressing that they are not party to the Donbass conflict and the subject of Minsk agreements, and have repeatedly stated that the use of sanctions is counterproductive.