Italian Foreign Minister Hopes EU Sanctions on Russia to Be Lifted

© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberItalian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni attends a news conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni attends a news conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The European Union is due to consider whether to cancel or extend anti-Russia sanctions in January 2016.

ROME (Sputnik) — Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni expressed hope on Friday that anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the European Union would be lifted.

"I would like to hope that the sanctions will be lifted," Gentiloni told local Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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The European Union, the United States and their allies imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow in 2014 over Russia's alleged participation in Ukraine's internal conflict.

Moscow has firmly denied the accusations, repeatedly stating that economic restrictions are counterproductive.

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