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 Ukraine's sovereignty must be preserved, and that's the reason to keep sanctions against Russia in effect, - Italian PM Renzi

Despite Russia's key role on the world scene, the sanctions against Moscow for its interference in Ukraine must be preserved.

This was announced by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in his interview to Bloomberg, Censor.NET reports.

The PM said western leaders trying to end the carnage in Syria must accept the central role of Russia in world affairs as a renewed drive to end the war got off to a difficult start in New York.

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"Russia is a great country, with a great history and a great future. Imagining a future without Russia is a great mistake," Renzi said.

In the interview, Renzi stopped short of saying it was time to roll back sanctions over Ukraine as a conciliatory gesture toward Putin.

"We must preserve Ukraine's sovereignty, we must preserve Ukraine's identity and borders. And for this reason it's correct to have the sanctions against Putin," he said. All parties must respect the Minsk protocols, he added.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n353985