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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the regional council of Italy's Veneto’s Wednesday vote on a resolution against the anti-Russia sanctions shows that the process of anti-Russian propaganda has reached a deadlock.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The regional council of Italy's Veneto’s Wednesday vote on a resolution against the anti-Russia sanctions shows that the process of anti-Russian propaganda has reached a deadlock, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    On Wednesday, the regional council of Italy's Veneto is due to vote on the issue of the recognition of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation and the lifting of anti-Russia sanctions.

    "The vote on the resolution in the regional Veneto council and other political processes… they all show that the process of the anti-Russia propaganda in the context of Ukraine has not only reached an impasse but also is trying to unwind in the opposite direction and work against those who started it," Zakharova told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview.

    The European Union and its allies introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia since 2014, accusing it of involvement in the armed conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations, and introduced countermeasures in August 2014, banning certain food product imports for a year from the countries that imposed restrictions against Russia.

    Last month, France's lower house of parliament supported a similar resolution calling to lift the sanctions imposed on Russia by a majority of votes. The vote was not legally binding.


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