Contents tagged with italy

  • Italy calls for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements

    In 2018, Italy replaced Austria as Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or OSCE. As Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on January 1, during its period of leadership, Rome plans to center its efforts mainly on resolving a refugee crisis in the Mediterranean region.

    Alfano also said that the organization will continue to closely monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine. The conflict in the Donbas and around Ukraine “challenges the very fundamental …

  • Russia and Italy agreed on supply of Sukhoi Superjet planes to Europe

    Russia and Italy have agreed to supply Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft to Europe, as the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) reported in a statement posted on its website.

    In Rome, the head of the Rosaviatsiya, Aleksandr Neradko, and head the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), Alessio Quaranta, signed the implementation timeline for a bilateral agreement on maintaining the airworthiness of the SSJ100 airliner.

    “By signing the document, the Italians have recognized …

  • Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi gives Putin duvet cover for his birthday

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi flew to Russia for President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday and presented the President with an embroidered handmade duvet cover, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports.

    The gift has a picture of Putin and Berlusconi, shaking hands. The photo of the duvet cover was also published by La Stampa and La Republica.

    According to Italian media, Berlusconi congratulated Putin while they were in Sochi though the Kremlin made no official report of …

  • Ukraine protests the statement by Italian Ambassador to Russia about 'Crimea's vote for independence'

    Rome officially does not recognize the "annexation of the Crimea" and supports the integrity of Ukraine; however, the statement of Italian Ambassador to Russia Cesare Ragaglini contradicts the position of the Italian government.

    This was noted in a statement by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Italy Yevhen Perelygin, which was distributed by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine.

    "Ragaglini stressed that" Crimea was not the first country to vote for its independence …

  • A Russian citizen accused of preparing a terrorist act in Belgium was detained in Italy

    According to Huffington Post, representatives of Italian prosecutors said that yesterday, July 7, a Chechen immigrant named Eli Bombataliev was arrested in Italy.

    Bombataliev has been accused of preparing a terrorist attack in Belgium. He and his wife Marina Kachmazova may have intended to commit a whole series of terrorist attacks.

    After studying the detainee’s phone, Italian law enforcement officers discovered that he had urged his wife to “blast herself.” The police found that Bombataliev …

  • Ukrainian diplomats closely following the case of detained Ukrainian soldier in Italy

    In connection with the detention of Vitaly Markiv, a Ukrainian citizen and serviceman of the Ukrainian National Guard, the Consulate General of Ukraine in Milan requested information from to the court of Pavia regarding the grounds and circumstances of his detention, as well as ensuring the possibility of future visits from the consular officer.

    “The consul established contact with the detainee's lawyer and agreed on further action. The relatives of Markiv are informed of his detention. The …

  • Ukrainian soldier arrested in Italy on suspicion of 2014 murder of a photographer in the Donbas

    The Italian police have arrested a Ukrainian citizen on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli in 2014 in Slavyansk, La Repubblica reported.

    The material says that the detainee went to Ukraine in late 2013, where he participated in clashes on Independence Square in Kyiv. After that, he joined one of the volunteer battalions of the National Guard of Ukraine.

    At the same time, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevgeny Enin wrote on his Facebook page …

  • Italian Foreign Minister: Italy does not recognize Russia's annexation of the Crimea

    Angelino Alfano, the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, said that Italy “did not recognize in any form” the entry of the Crimea into Russia.

    On Tuesday, Alfano held a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin, and assured him of the permanency of Italy’s position on the most pressing issues for Ukraine.

    The Italian Foreign Minister also stressed that this “clear” position is shared by all EU countries.

    “If we recognized this, it would be news. Our position remains the same and …

  • Italy considers questioning Putin over Cosa Nostra case

    The defense team of Italian General Mario Mori proposed to question Russian President Vladimir Putin during the high profile “Italian state and Mafia negotiations” trial, La Stampa reported.

    General Mori has been linked to secret negotiations between high-ranking representatives of Italy and the leaders of the Cosa Nostra. According to the Palermo prosecutor's office, these events took place in the early 1990s.

    The former head of Special Forces of the carabineers, General Mori was accused of …

  • Italian police seize Crimean wines presented by Russia at exhibition in Verona

    At their stand at the Italian wine exhibition Vinitaly in Verona, Russians were exhibiting wines from the Crimean peninsula which Russia annexed in 2014. This was mentioned by exhibition participant Oleksii Lubetskyi, who is also a manager of the UA2EU project, which promotes Ukrainian exports. Lubetskyi informed the Italian financial police of the violation. After this, the Russians were forced to remove the Crimean wines from their stand. The incident was reported by Lubetskyi on his Facebook …