11:48 Jun. 30, 2016
Liguria is the second region in Italy that call for lifting anti-Russian sanctions
Italy's northern region Liguria has adopted a non-binding resolution condemning the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the EU. The regional lawmakers have called on the central government to rethink its policy towards Moscow and recognize Crimea as part of Russia, Italian media outlet Genova 24 reports.
The document was supported by 26 lawmakers out of 31. Edoardo Rixi, the regional secretary of the "North League" political party, which was the initiator of the resolution, called this result "a very important message to Rome".
"This approval gives additional strength to overcoming the absurd sanctions against Russia, which is damaging our enterprises", Rixi said after the vote.
Another Italian politician Stefano Valdegamberi criticized the fact Crimean referendum wasn't accepted by the EU.
"We voted to recognize the right of self-determination of the Crimean people", he said in an interview with Russian journalists.
Liguria has become the second Italian region that called for lifting sanctions against Russia. Earlier the same was done by the Council of Veneto. Italian government slammed this action, saying the country won't recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.
On June 29 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the EU would prolong the restrictions against Russia for another 6 months.