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Members of Italian Regional Parl'ts to Seek Lifting Anti-Russia Sanctions

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Italian lawmakers representing the country's regions will seek lifting of anti-Russian sanctions in both the country's and the European Parliament, Edoardo Rixi, a lawmaker from Liguria and a member of the Lega Nord party, said on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Rixi said that during the October 13-16 visit to Crimea, a delegation of Italian businessmen and officials would discuss with local authorities the possibilities to circumvent the sanctions for joint business projects.

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"It is not just about lifting the anti-Russian sanctions, but about restoring overall friendly relations with Russia. Europe is not complete without Russia, it is impossible to sever ties with such a major player on the continent," Rixi told RT broadcaster.

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Italy is losing about $188 million a year, while the trade between Russia and Italy has reduced by 45 percent, with oil and gas equipment manufacturers bearing the brunt of the losses, according to Vittorio Torrembini, the president of the Association of Italian Entrepreneurs Operating in Russia.

The relationship between Russia and the European Union soured after Crimean peninsula seceded from Ukraine and reunified with Russia as more than 96 percent of local voters supported the move in a referendum in March 2014. The Western countries, including the EU members, have not recognized the legitimacy of the vote, imposing several rounds of sanctions on Russia.

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