Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Moscow, October 8, 2018
We are glad to welcome you to Moscow. First of all, I would like to personally congratulate you, Mr Minister, on your recent appointment.
Our relations boast a very long history, strong traditions and successful cooperation experience. I hope that we will continue to cooperate in the same spirit we did with your predecessors.
Despite the unfavourable circumstances, we have maintained close contacts in recent years, including at the top and high levels, interparliamentary cooperation, and between the ministries and agencies of Russia and the Italian Republic. I think that your visit will give a good impetus to our relations in all fields.
You also co-chair the Russian-Italian Council for Economic, Industrial, Monetary and Financial Cooperation, which is to handle many important tasks. Last month, you met with the Russian co-chairman of the council, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, and, as far as I understand, agreed to hold a meeting in Italy before the end of this year.
Russia and Italy have always had rich cultural ties. Russian Seasons, now underway in Italy, offer more than three hundred successful events in various cities. Next month, Italy will take part in the next St Petersburg International Cultural Forum as a guest country. We are happy about that and look forward to seeing your representatives there.
We actively cooperate on international platforms, including the UN and the OSCE, where Italy is now presiding. So we have a very full agenda, and I look forward to fruitful talks.