"In the end there has been a roar of applause, we all embraced each other," Casalino said.
The interim version of the program stipulates that the anti-Russian sanctions should be lifted, while the country should be rehabilitated as a strategic partner in the resolution of regional conflicts. The document also provides for the introduction of flat taxes instead of progressive ones and toughening of the migration regulations.
Despite a certain convergence of views, the two parties have not managed to agree on a single candidate for the prime minister's post. According to the Italian media, the two sides have decided that the single candidate would belong to neither of the two political forces.
On Italy's Relations With Russia
At the same time, the two political forces agree that it is necessary to lift anti-Russia sanctions and reinstate Russia as a strategic partner to resolve international crises.
"The membership in the Atlantic Alliance is confirmed, with the United States of America as a privileged ally, and with open approach to Russia, and with Russia perceived not as a menace, but as an economic and commercial partner. In this regard, it is required to immediately lift sanctions imposed on Russia, to rehabilitate it [Russia] as a strategic partner to resolve regional crises (Syria, Libya, Yemen)," a source quoted the coalition agreement draft, adding that this part had been finalized.
The Italian parliamentary election was held on March 4. The election resulted in the M5S securing more than 32 percent of the vote. The center-right coalition, consisting of the eurosceptic Lega party, center-right Forza Italia and the Brothers of Italy movement, got 37 percent of the vote. The ruling Democratic Party won some 20 percent of the vote. None of the parties obtained the majority of votes required for the government formation.