Italian foreign minister criticises Moscow's black list

(AGI) Moscow, May 31 - Italian Foreign Minister, PaoloGentiloni, on visit in Moscow on Sunday, criticised the blacklist containing the names of 89 European political and militaryauthorities that was disseminated by the Russian government."It is incomprehensible, especially in the absence of listingcriteria and conditions," Mr Gentiloni said in a press releasecirculated while he was still onboard of the plane flying himinto Moscow. "It is difficult to understand the reasons and theprocedures used and it surely does not contribute tore-launching the dialogue between the EU and Russia, whih Italywill continue to

(AGI) Moscow, May 31 - Italian Foreign Minister, PaoloGentiloni, on visit in Moscow on Sunday, criticised the blacklist containing the names of 89 European political and militaryauthorities that was disseminated by the Russian government."It is incomprehensible, especially in the absence of listingcriteria and conditions," Mr Gentiloni said in a press releasecirculated while he was still onboard of the plane flying himinto Moscow. "It is difficult to understand the reasons and theprocedures used and it surely does not contribute tore-launching the dialogue between the EU and Russia, whih Italywill continue to support," the statement read. Mr Gentilonitold the Tass News Agency he confides that the dialogue withRussian representatives will lead to collaborating on the mostsensitive issues on the agenda of the meeting with Deputy PrimeMinister Arkady Dvorkovich and his counterpart Sergey Lavrov onMonday. They will be discussing the hottest issues on theglobal scenario, from Ukraine to Libya, and from Syria to Iran,in order to pave the way for possibly lifting the sanctions. "Iknow very well that I will be primarily talking to friends ofItaly, ready to engage in a frank and serene discussion onthemes that we share, but also on more delicate issues on whichour positions do not always coincide," he said. He added: "Atthe same time, I am certain to find interlocutors ready tograsp any opportunity to consolidate our bilateral partnership,albeit with the current restrictions." After the visitspaid to Russia by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and PaoloGentiloni, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected tovisit the Milan Expo in June. This visi is not an attempt to"thaw" relations between Italy and Russia "because they havenever been frozen," said the Foreign Minister. Mr Gentilonialso said he believes "Moscow will make propositions oninternational crises" and that " Russia's constructivecollaboration on the Ukraine crisis and the desirablesubsequent revision of sanctions, once the conditions exist,"will re-establish a climate of collaboration between Brussels,NATO and Moscow. (AGI) . .