The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, had a telephone conversation with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. As sources from Palazzo Chigi report, at the center of the talks were the migrant crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus, the dynamics of energy prices and the situation in Ukraine.
The crisis in Ukraine
Putin stressed that Ukraine stubbornly refuses to comply with the Minsk agreements and those reached under the Normandy Format and also agreed with Draghi on the desirability of establishing cooperation between the European Union and Belarus for a quick resolution. of the migration crisis.
Finally, he confirmed Russia’s long-term willingness to supply natural gas to Europe without interruption, including through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was announced by the Kremlin press service, specifying how the issue of cooperation in the energy sector was raised on the initiative by Prime Minister Draghi and arguing that both leaders have expressed a positive evaluation of the Italian-Russian relations, which are distinguished by a constructive and mutually beneficial nature.
As for Belarus, Putin and Draghi agreed on the desirability of establishing cooperation between the European Union and Belarus for a rapid resolution of the crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, in accordance with the norms of humanitarian law. An element already discussed during the recent telephone contacts between the Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the Kremlin, Putin drew attention to the systematic “violations of international obligations by Poland in protecting the rights of refugees” and to episodes of “cruel treatment” of migrants by the Polish border guards.
“Both sides”, adds the Kremlin note, “noted the opportunity to establish an interaction between the European Union and Minsk for a rapid resolution of the crisis in accordance with the rules of humanitarian law”.