Moscow and Rome plan to broaden contacts in areas unaffected by sanctions - Peskov

The Russian and Italian leadership reiterated its commitment to further promoting cooperation between the two countries in areas where it is possible without waiting for the West to lift its unilateral sanctions against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

The Russian and Italian leadership reiterated its commitment to further promoting cooperation between the two countries in areas where it is possible without waiting for the West to lift its unilateral sanctions against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

"These were quite detailed negotiations, which also addressed specific parameters for bilateral cooperation in the economy. On the whole, the parties expressed their quite firm commitment to further broadening cooperation in areas where it is technologically possible today without waiting for the sanctions-related issues to be sorted out," Peskov told reporters after Russian President Vladimir Putin's talks in Italy.

Following a joint press conference of Putin and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Milan, the parties' negotiations involving representatives of the two countries' governments and business people continued, he said.

In addition to that, Putin and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella said at their meeting that relations between Russia and Italy should not become a hostage to the current difficulties, Peskov said.

"They also spoke about the need to maintain the pace of the development of bilateral relations in all areas, not allowing bilateral relations to become a hostage to the known various difficulties that can be observed today," he said.

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