Italy's Lega Nord Party Hopes Merkel, Trump, Putin to Revive Ties

© AP Photo / Alexander ZemlianichenkoA journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Italy's Lega Nord party leader hopes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin, US President-elect Doland Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet in Italy to break the ice between the sides.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Italian Eurosceptic Lega Nord party hopes that the first meeting between US President-elect Doland Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be held in Italy and lead to improvement of relations between the sides, party's leader Matteo Salvini said Friday.

"We hope that the first meeting of Merkel with Putin and Trump will be held in Italy to establish new relations between Russia and the United States, Russia and the European Union, Russia and Italy, lift sanctions, recognize the Crimean Republic and accept Russia as a full-fledged political and trade partner," Salvini stressed.

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"This is my wish, it will be a great honor…nobody thought Trump would be elected president, now that Renzi is heading Italy this meeting is unlikely to be held with him in power, but I hope the next spring Italy will turn a page," he added.

On Monday, Putin and Trump had their first phone conversation on US-Russian relations, the fight against terrorism, as well as the situation in Syria. They also agreed it was necessary to improve the deteriorated bilateral relations.

Lega Nord to Vote Against Renzi’s Constitutional Reforms

Lega Nord will vote against constitutional reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Salvini said.

"Yes, of course," Salvini replied to journalists after he was asked if his Eurosceptic party would oppose the controversial reforms, which aim to cut Senate powers.

"If I have to pick a reason for that [it] is because the European Union is the author of sanctions, black lists and directives of this kind. Of course, Brussels' choice will be in the list of constitutional amendments," Salvini explained, adding a "yes" vote would equal "loss of sovereignty on Italy's part."

Prime Minister Renzi has said on numerous occasions he will step down if Italians vote for the old unworkable system in the December 4 referendum.

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