ROME (Sputnik) — Italy’s former Prime Minister and European Commission ex-president Romano Prodi has called on Europe to scrap sanctions against Russia to improve the political climate.
"Sanctions are effective not only when they are imposed but also when they are lifted. Lifting them from Russia now can prove to be a more efficient policy," Prodi told the Corriere della Sera newspaper on Thursday.
Relations between Russia and Europe went downhill in 2014, when Brussels accused Moscow of fueling the Ukrainian crisis and imposed several rounds of sanctions on it. The restrictions targeted Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors.