Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak:
“Speech by Roberto Fico, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, in the State Duma demonstrated the presence of a large number of points of contact between the parliaments of our countries, on which the legislative bodies of Russia and Italy could effectively work together both at the level of international interaction and in the format of regular consultations.
Our Italian colleagues demonstrate a pragmatic approach in politics and a great interest in restoring full-scale cooperation. Both countries are willing to progressively develop and strengthen bilateral ties in a number of industries and trade. The visit of the Italian colleagues and the ongoing bilateral constructive dialogue are taking place against the background of increasing pressure from anti-Russian American and European circles on sovereign countries, in an attempt to preserve the confrontation regime with Russia.
Relations between our countries today are an example of a special level of cooperation. Changes in the political structure of Italy have entailed expected positive internal and external transformations, which have a positive effect on bilateral relations with Russia, as well as can strengthen the general European tendencies to restore dialogue with our country.
Despite the apparent dissatisfaction on the part of Brussels and Washington, the Italian leadership in a renewed political format demonstrates a desire for independence, preferring pragmatism and an intention to follow its own national interests instead of vague Euro-Atlantic solidarity, which has recently suffered enormous damage to European countries. Pragmatic Italy demonstrates that it does not wish to incur losses from illegal anti-Russian sanctions and remain hostage to other people’s political ambitions. ”