While discussing current issues of Russian-Italian relations, Vladimir Putin and Giuseppe Conte agreed, in particular, to boost cooperation in countering the coronavirus infection, including the development of vaccines to prevent this disease.
During the exchange of opinions on the situation that is unfolding in Belarus after the presidential election, the Russian President stressed the utter futility of any attempts to interfere in Belarus’s internal affairs or to put pressure on the country’s leadership. There was an understanding that preventing an escalation of any kind is most important.
Regarding the crisis in Libya, it was pointed out that there is no military solution to it and the crisis can only be resolved by political and diplomatic means. The need to resume the intra-Libyan dialogue as soon as possible was noted too.
Vladimir Putin and Giuseppe Conte also spoke about the situation with Alexei Navalny’s stay in hospital. The Russian President stressed the inadmissibility of premature and unsubstantiated accusations in this connection and expressed interest in a thorough and impartial investigation of all the circumstances of the incident.