Russia-Italy trade turnover shrinks 36%

1 October 2015 (09:07)

UrBC, Moscow, October 1, 2015. The trade turnover between Russia and Italy dropped by 36% in the first half of 2015, Interfax refers to Chairman of State Duma Sergei Naryshkin as saying.

Naryshkin said the Russian and Italian parliaments reopened their dialogue once again.

‘I must say we are truly sorry Italy decided to impose the so-called anti-Russian sanctions, I say ‘so-called’ because these stemmed, in fact, from a unilateral decision not supported by the UN Security Council, so we cannot consider them legitimate,’ the official said.

According to Naryshkin, all this has been affecting the two countries’ trade turnover and economic relations badly.

‘I’ve looked at the figures, and it looks like the trade turnover dropped by 36% and Italian import to Russia decreased by 40% in the first half of the year alone,’ he said.

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