Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s working visit to Italy
On December 5-7, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Italian Republic, where he will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio. He will also speak at the conference The Mediterranean: Roman Dialogue, and hold a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of this event.
Italy is one of Russia’s most important political and economic partners in Western Europe. Russian-Italian relations are marked by continuity and progressive development: political dialogue is maintained at the high and highest levels, there is growing interaction between parliaments, the judiciary, ministries and agencies, regions, research institutions, universities, cultural organisations and civil societies of the two countries.
Trade and economic cooperation issues are among the highlights of the bilateral agenda. Such contacts are being coordinated by the Russian-Italian Council for Economic, Industrial and Financial Cooperation. Its 16th session was held in December 2018 in Rome, and the 17th session is scheduled to take place in 2020 in Russia. Work is underway to consolidate the positive trends in trade, which has been hit by the unfavourable political situation, including the Western anti-Russia sanctions, but reached $18.3 billion in January-September 2019.
During Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with his Italian counterpart, the two ministers plan to exchange views on a wide range of topics concerning the bilateral agenda, primarily in the context of the implementation of the results of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Rome on July 4-5.
They are also expected to cover the international agenda, including the settlement of regional crises in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine, and the situation in South America.