"I continue to believe that we don’t need sanctions. The issue of their removal unites all decent people," Salvini said after a major rally that brought together the leaders of 11 right-wing European parties in Milan on Saturday.
Salvini, known for his opposition to Russia sanctions, reiterated that the economic restrictions "cause damage and have resolved nothing." He noted that "if a tool does not work, it is removed."
Salvini held a major rally in Milan on Saturday ahead of the EU elections, slated for May 23-26. The event brought together the French National Rally party, the Alternative for Germany, the Dutch Party for Freedom, the Bulgarian Will party, as well as right-wing parties from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Austria.
These parties have formed the European Alliance of People and Nations to change the current balance of powers in the European legislature and leading bodies.