Disinfo: Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni called for the lifting of…

Summary

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni called for the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia following talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in Rome.

Disproof

Gentiloni did not call for the lifting of EU restrictive measures. Gentiloni said: “The sanctions will be discussed at the European Council at the end of June. We all know that the decision will be taken based on an assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreements regarding the Ukrainian crisis. We will evaluate the situation in the coming months" (bit.ly/1rscgM8), . Following the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 March 2016, the HRVP recalled that the implementation of the Minsk agreement is a key condition for any substantial change in the EU's stance towards Russia (bit.ly/22cDUNo), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue24
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU, Sanctions

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Nazism thrives in Lithuania, where the rights of Russian speakers are continuously violated.

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One of the criteria the European Council set out for EU membership at the Copenhagen Summit in 1993 was "that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities". Before joining the EU, Lithuania was subjected to intensive scrutiny by the EU institutions aiming to ensure the rights of the Russian minority (bit.ly/1SKeBvX), .