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Italy's Salvini calls for Russia sanctions to be lifted by year end

AFP  |  Moscow 

Italy's far-right Interior said during a visit to today that he wanted to see EU sanctions against dropped "by the end of the year".

said he would use any means possible to convince European partners to scrap sanctions brought in over Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent activity in the east of

"Vetoes are only a last resort but I am not excluding anything," he told a press conference.

"is the European country that has suffered the most from these sanctions against " He said he wanted to create opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses in the two countries to work together.

banned most from the EU in 2014 as a counter-measure to the sanctions.

also said Russia's return to the would be "absolutely legitimate". US made a similar suggestion last month.

Italy's new said in June that his favoured a "revision" of economic sanctions against Russia.

Salvini today met representatives of the state

They discussed opportunities for cooperation between and Russia including in "the fight against Islamic terrorism" as well as illegal immigration.

The day before the Italian attended final in

Hungarian was also in Russia for the game, and denounced EU sanctions during a meeting with Russian

Salvini said the Italian would travel to Russia to meet Putin "in the second half of October".

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First Published: Mon, July 16 2018. 19:40 IST