Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Italy Angelino Alfano, Bonn, February 17, 2017
I am glad that now I have the opportunity to personally congratulate you on assuming the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. I am sure that your experience and knowledge would help you to ensure continuity of our relations with Italy, which we appreciate and which have their own value for us even in these difficult times. Pragmatism is what has been driving the relationship. We feel it’s the right way to continue.