Italy won't break EU ranks over Russia

Gentiloni says decisions must not be made with autopilot

(ANSA) - Rome, May 17 - Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday that Italy will not break ranks from the rest of the EU over sanctions on Russia. "No one should think that Italy will break ranks with its allies on its own," he said after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. He also stressed, however, that the renewal of the sanctions on Russia following the Ukraine crisis was a decision that "cannot be taken on autopilot without discussions beforehand".
   

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