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Forza Italia Party to urge lifting of anti-russian sanctions. #russia #italy #forzaitalia

epa03813125 People of Freedom (PdL) party leader and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks to supporters during a party rally in Rome, Italy, 04 August 2013. A tax fraud conviction against former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was upheld on 01 August by Italy's highest court. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

epa03813125 People of Freedom (PdL) party leader and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks to supporters during a party rally in Rome, Italy, 04 August 2013. A tax fraud conviction against former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was upheld on 01 August by Italy's highest court.  EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

The members of the Forza Italia party plan to come forth with the initiative that envisages the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia by Italy, party leader Silvio Berlusconi said.

Late on Wednesday, the former Italian prime minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Fiumicino airport in Rome.

“Tomorrow we will present a draft resolution calling on the government not to continue sanctions against Russia. These sanctions damage our interests, resulting in significant financial losses.”

Berlusconi urged to restore the kind of relations with Russia that transformed G7 into G8, as such relations, in his opinion, were important for the global-scale cooperation.

The former prime minister said it was a good sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Italy, and expressed intention to visit Moscow soon.

On Wednesday, Putin met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis, positively assessing both meetings.

Putin and Renzi discussed anti-Russia sanctions imposed by Western states. According to the Russian president, Italian companies lost more than $1 billion due to the restrictive measures.

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