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    Italy's Liguria Adopts Resolution Recognizing Crimea Part of Russia

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    Italy's regional council of Liguria on Wednesday adopted by a wide margin a resolution, calling to condemn the EU’s stance on Crimean reunification with Russia and lift the anti-Russia sanctions.

    ROME (Sputnik) — As many as 26 out of 31 members of the council voted in favor of the resolution.

    The resolution authorizes the chairman of Liguria's regional council and the head of the region to cooperate with the government and the parliament of Italy, as well as with EU institutions in order to reconsider Brussels-Moscow relations and promote establishment of a committee to collect signatures to lift anti-Russia sanctions.

    In early May, the regional council of the northern Veneto region became the first to adopt a resolution urging the national government to condemn the EU policy toward Crimea and to work toward lifting the sanctions against Russia. The councils of the Liguria and Lombardy regions were to vote on similar resolutions earlier but the voting procedures in both councils were postponed due to technical reasons until June 29 and July 4, respectively.

    Earlier in June, the French Senate passed, by an overwhelming majority, a non-binding resolution calling on the government to ease the sanctions against Russia.

    In 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union, including Italy, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions over Crimea's secession from Ukraine and for Moscow's alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive.

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