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On August 26-27, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Italian Republic, within the framework of which he is scheduled to hold talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation L. Di Maio, as well as a conversation with Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic M. Draghi.

It is planned to analyze the state and prospects of bilateral relations in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as “synchronize watches” on topical issues of the regional and international agenda, including the interaction of the two countries in the G20 and other international formats, relations with EU and NATO, the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan, the settlement in Libya and Syria, the state of affairs in the Mediterranean region.

Italy is one of the leading political and economic partners of Russia in Western Europe. Despite the difficult sanitary and epidemiological situation, the Russian-Italian dialogue, traditionally characterized by a high level of mutual trust, maintains continuity and continues to develop progressively.

Special attention is paid to cooperation in the field of international security, coordination of efforts on international anti-terrorist and anti-crime issues.

Close interaction is carried out through the foreign ministries of the two countries. June 1 and July 27 this year In Rome, Russian-Italian inter-ministerial consultations were held with the participation of Deputy Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation A.V. Grushko and S.V. Vershinin.

An important place in the bilateral agenda is given to business cooperation, trade, economic and investment interaction. This topic is considered within the framework of the work of the Russian-Italian Council for Economic, Industrial and Monetary and Financial Cooperation. Italy was the first European country to act as a partner country at the INNOPROM International Exhibition in Yekaterinburg on July 5-8 this year. In 2020, amid the economic turbulence associated with the pandemic, the volume of bilateral trade decreased by 19.9% ​​to $ 20.2 billion. In January-June 2021, the volume of bilateral trade increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2020 and amounted to USD 12.2 billion. Russian exports increased by 31.1% to US $ 6.5 billion, Russian imports increased by 29.8% to US $ 5.6 billion.

Partnerships between regions, cities and urban agglomerations are expanding.

Cooperation between Russia and Italy in the fight against COVID-19 is developing successfully. In accordance with the agreements at the highest level, in March-May 2020, Italy received large-scale assistance in the fight against the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection through the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and the Ministry of Health of Russia. The agreement signed on April 13 of this year is being consistently implemented. Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Scientific Cooperation and the Exchange of Materials and Knowledge between N.N. N.F. Gamalei, Russian Direct Investment Fund and National Institute of Infectious Diseases named after L. Spallanzani.

Russia and Italy are recognized cultural superpowers with well-established traditions of close interaction. As part of the ongoing in 2021-2022. Of the “Cross” Year of Museums Russia-Italy, many large exhibition projects are being implemented. The Forum-Dialogue of Civil Societies has shown itself well in strengthening cooperation between the civil societies of the two countries. We note the positive response of local authorities and the public to the holding of events in Italy timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of F.M. Dostoevsky.

We hope that the upcoming visit of Sergey Lavrov will contribute to the promotion of multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation with one of the key EU countries.

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