15 September 202018:21

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Luigi Di Maio


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On September 15, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Luigi Di Maio at the latter’s initiative.

The foreign ministers discussed in detail the agenda for bilateral cooperation and a schedule for upcoming political meetings. They reaffirmed their reciprocal striving to continue consistently developing bilateral dialogue and promoting cooperation in the economy, culture and other areas through a concerted effort.

Regarding a settlement in Libya, the foreign ministers emphasised the importance of further coordinating the efforts of Russia and Italy, and other regional and outside parties on this issue with a view to facilitating a sustainable ceasefire and the start of inter-Libyan talks based on the mechanisms created by the decisions of the Berlin Conference and approved by UN Security Council Resolution 2510. They agreed to use the potentialities of Russia and Italy in coordinating the efforts to help free their citizens detained in Libya under different circumstances.

Luigi Di Maio expressed interest in the assessment of the situation in Belarus. Sergey Lavrov drew his attention to the meeting of presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi on September 14. He emphasised that Belarusians must be allowed to regulate their domestic affairs themselves, that any attempts to prevent this must be avoided, and noted the feasibility of the initiative on constitutional reform to promote a nationwide dialogue and accord.

At the request of the Italian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov gave him detailed explanations on the situation around Alexey Navalny’s case. He emphasised that to establish the truth, the German specialists must transfer the bio materials and an official conclusion on the results of Navalny’s tests and develop professional cooperation with Russian doctors.

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