: Yet another Italian region votes to recognize Russian Crimea

10:13 Jul. 6, 2016

Yet another Italian region votes to recognize Russian Crimea

People walk by fresh graffiti depicting Vladimir Putin in Simferopol on August 17, 2015 in Simferopol, Crimea. (GettyImages Photo)

After Veneto and Liguria, Lombardy adopted a resolution on lifting sanctions

The regional council of Italy's northern region Lombardy has adopted a non-binding resolution on recognizing Crimea as part of Russia. The document also calls on the central government to work out a plan to lift the sanctions from Moscow, local news agency Il Giorno reports.

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"The recognition of the self-determination of the Crimean people and the cancellation of the sanctions against Russia are the motion, approved by the Lombardy Council", the article reads.

Just like the previous resolutions, adopted by Veneto and Liguria, this one was initiated by a regionalist political party Lega Nord (Northern League), known for opposing the EU's strict policy towards Russia.

According to the document, the regional lawmakers want to resume the dialogue with Russia to "strengthen international security and fight against terrorism".

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Il Giorno also claims, the economic restrictions against Russia have caused EURO 3.6 billion damage to Italy's export, including EURO 1.18 billion to Lombardy's economy, mainly the manufacturing sector.

Italian government has previously slammed the resolutions and refused to review its policy towards the Russian Federation. 

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