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Di Maio: “We remain in NATO and US allies, but we talk with Russia. Government not supine to the will of others “

On the sidelines of a meeting with Leonardo's top management at the Pomigliano d'Arco plant, the Minister of Labour reiterated the position expressed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the speech with which he asked for confidence in the Senate. On the immigration front, the deputy prime minister defended Italy's decision to oppose the draft amendment to the Dublin regulation presented by Bulgaria

"We remain in NATO and allies of the United States, but we also carry on the dialogue with other countries, such as Russia, as it has always been". Minister of Labor, Luigi di Maio, on the sidelines of a meeting with Leonardo's top management at the Pomigliano d'Arco plant, commented on the words with which the secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg made it clear that he did not like the "review of the sanctions system " in Moscow announced during his speech in the Senate by Premier Giuseppe Conte"I'm not worried about the sanctity for Russia - he added - ours is a government allied to the United States that wants to leave Italy in the agreements, in alliances, guaranteeing continuity to what has already been".

"This will not be a government supine to the will of the other governments," continued the deputy prime minister, clarifying that "Italy historically had a role in the Western alliance, within NATO, to be a country that talked with the countries of the East ". "We have always talked with countries like Russia - he said - but also with countries in the Mediterranean, such as in North Africa, which will also allow us to solve the problem of migratory flows ".

On this front, Di Maio defended Italy 's decision to oppose the draft amendment to the Dublin regulation presented by Bulgaria discussed at the summit of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg: "It was enough to give some signal on the immigration to slow down on the Dublin regulation, "said the minister, claiming the decision. "That reformed regulation - he continued - downloaded the problem of immigration to Italy. But now they have understood that there is a government that does not say yes about everything, that it is ready to collaborate but in the interest of the Italians ".

"We will not be a government supine to the will of other governments - he added - they understood (referring to the issue of immigration and the negotiation on the Treaty of Dublin, ed ) that in Italy there is no executive that says yes sir". "Italy has historically played a role in the context of the Western alliance, in the context of NATO - he concluded - but it was a country that was able to dialogue with the Eastern and Mediterranean countries, North Africa, that will allow us to solve the problem of migratory flows ".

NATO to Italy: "Sanctions remain"- Yes to dialogue with Russia, but sanctions remain. NATO and the United States dictate the line after the Conte government's openings to Moscow. Today there is the Alliance ministerial in Brussels, where the new Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta will make her debut on the international scene. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg did not use spelling when he pointed out that there is no turning back on measures against Moscow because sanctions "are important" to send a "clear message about what Russia has committed in Ukraine".

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  1. Tony Katz June 7, 2018

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