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But he has warned that Italy's populist coalition government was "not scared" of using its veto powers in the European Union as a "last resort" to push the bloc into lifting sanctions against Russian Federation. "If the political leadership is trying to subdue the Church, and this is not good", - said the politician.

He criticized the basis of the sanctions, which were imposed on Moscow after Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine in a war against the government.

The EU, meanwhile, asked the EIB to stop new financing operations in Russia and the EBRD suspended EU-Russia bilateral and regional cooperation programs. although its projects dealing exclusively with civil society were maintained.

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Italian politician in Russian Federation, made during a business conference in Moscow. "We will see. I'll think about it (whether I will run for the position of President of the European Commission - ed.)", - said Salvini. "I really believe that we should look for instruments and policies to be applied with putting this into consideration", Szijjarto said. Italy's move to reach out to smaller Russian businesses comes as Reuters reported that Italy is resisting an European Union push to impose sanctions on states that carry out cyberattacks.

He stated this in an interview with la Repubblica, citing Reuters, reports "UKRINFORM".

The diplomatic push in Brussels coincides with a visit of Italy's far right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini to Russian Federation yesterday, the second since he was sworn in four months ago.

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