Repubblica: Italian authorities appealed to businesses to cancel the conference with Putin This is a conference of the President of Russia with Italian business, which should be held online on January 26
Vladimir Putin on January 26, a video conference of the heads of leading Italian companies and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported by the newspaper La Repubblica, citing sources in the Palazzo Chigi.
According to the publication, the authorities asked the Chamber of Commerce to cancel the meeting, or at least ask the heads of large companies not to attend. After that, as the newspaper clarifies, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of the Italian oil corporation Eni, and Marco Alvera, CEO of the Snam gas group, canceled their participation in the event. connection with the preparation of Russia for a possible “invasion”; to Ukraine.
The meeting between the President of Russia and Italian entrepreneurs is to be held on January 26 via videoconference. The Kremlin specified that it is planned to discuss trade, economic and investment cooperation between Russia and Italy, as well as the prospects for further expansion of business ties between entrepreneurs of the two countries. “Particular attention is supposed to be paid to the possibilities of building up cooperation in the field of energy, industry, finance and environmental technologies,” — added in the press service.
At a meeting of the Russian-Italian Committee of Entrepreneurs in early December 2021, Industry Minister Denis Manturov expressed confidence that after this meeting, cooperation between the two countries would receive an additional impetus. He noted that the trade turnover between Russia and Italy began to grow again after reaching the level of €40 billion in 2013 and then declining. In the nine months of 2021, according to him, it grew by 43%, to €17 billion.
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