A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry spoke about the “irreversible consequences” against Italy due to the sanctions imposed on Russia. An expulsion not appreciated by the Italian government.
On Saturday, Italy condemned Russia’s threats following Russian diplomatic statements on European sanctions.
Alexei Paramonov, director of the European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in an interview with Russia’s public agency RIA-Novosti accused Italy of succumbing to “anti-Russian hysteria” and forgetting “in an instant”. Relationships and agreements.
He added that the promise made earlier this month by French Economy Minister Bruno Le Myre, who had withdrawn from the “total economic and financial war” against Russia, would not be followed in Italy. Series of irreversible consequences “.
Parallel to Govt-19 infection
The Italian Foreign Ministry said it would “firmly reject these threatening statements” from the Russian side and promised that Rome and its European partners would “continue to exert maximum pressure” on Russia to stop military intervention against Ukraine.
The Russian official also recalled that Russia had provided “significant” assistance to Italy in the outbreak of the Kovit-19 epidemic in 2020, at the request of Defense Minister Lorenzo Gurini. According to him, the minister was one of the “instigators of the anti-Russian campaign” within the Italian government.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi described the “comparison” between the Ukraine invasion and the epidemic crisis in Italy as “particularly disgusting and unacceptable”. According to Lorenzo Gurini, Italy will not “play the propaganda game” and will continue to stand with Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky is scheduled to address the Italian parliament via video conference from Kiev on Tuesday.