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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry demands Italy to explain why it wants to lift sanctions against Russia

The Ukrainian Embassy in Italy sent a demarche to the Foreign Ministry of the country because of the statement of Federico Eichberg, the official of the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, about imminent lifting of sanctions against Russia.

According to an informed diplomatic source, a written demarche signed by the ambassador was sent on Tuesday, April 28. In this document, the ambassador "expressed doubts about the competence of the minister to comment on the decisions made by the Italian government," Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Yevropeiska Pravda.

Earlier, at a conference on trade with Russia, Federico Eichhberg, who heads the directorate of international trade policy at the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, announced that the government would block the extension of sanctions against Russia.

The Ukrainian diplomat suggested the leadership of the Italian Foreign Ministry "to respond to the statements of Eichberg that directly contradict the official position of the government." The source informs that the demarche did not go unnoticed, the official reaction of the government is expected in the near future.

It should be recalled that Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke about the difficulties in maintaining a common EU position on the issue of sanctions against Russia. Now, the European Union officially declares that the sanctions measures against Russia will remain in force until the complete fulfillment of the Minsk Agreement and, if necessary, will be extended until the end of the year.