Italy is ready to discuss the status of Crimea. This is reported by the Italian media with reference to the Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.
He also admitted that Rome could veto the extension of European sanctions related to the reunification of Crimea with Russia, which will be discussed in the European Union on June 23d.
Also, Salvini emphasized that the main threat to the North Atlantic Alliance comes from the North Africa. "If we are members of a defensive alliance, I wish it to protect us from real dangers from the South, and not from the supposed from the East," he explained.
Relations between Russia and the European Union have deteriorated during the political crisis in Ukraine in 2014. After the Crimea reunification, the West accused Moscow of violating the norms of international law and imposed sanctions against it.
Moscow has repeatedly noted that speaking the language of sanctions is counterproductive. At the same time, the authorities emphasized that Russia is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict or the subject of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in Eastern Ukraine. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the issue of Crimea is "closed down definitively".