ROME (Sputnik) – Late on Wednesday, the former Italian prime minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Fiumicino airport in Rome.
"Tomorrow we will present a draft resolution calling on the government not to continue sanctions against Russia. These sanctions damage our interests, resulting in significant financial losses."
Berlusconi urged to restore the kind of relations with Russia that transformed G7 into G8, as such relations, in his opinion, were important for the global-scale cooperation.
The former prime minister said it was a good sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Italy, and expressed intention to visit Moscow soon.
On Wednesday, Putin met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis, positively assessing both meetings.
Putin and Renzi discussed anti-Russia sanctions imposed by Western states. According to the Russian president, Italian companies lost more than $1 billion due to the restrictive measures.