No crisis, talk and go forward - Di Maio

If I suspected Salvini of Russian funding I wdn't be in govt

(ANSA) - Rome, July 19 - Deputy Premier and 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio on Friday ruled out a government crisis with partner the League and called for talks with League leader and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini in order to "go forward" after mounting tension between the allies this week.
    "I rule out there being a crisis, I've always been taught not to do ill and not to fear: we have important reforms to achieve," Di Maio said on RAI TV.
    "The only thing I say is that it is better to see each other, and talk directly instead of at a distance, it's right to meet, so that we can clear things up and go forward, today, because today is the cabinet meeting and the talks on autonomy".
    Tensions came to a head Thursday as Salvini said he had lost personal trust in Di Maio amid rows over the new European Commission chief, whom the M5S voted for against the League, and over alleged Russian funding for Salvini's party.
    Salvini accused the M5S of flirting with the centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD), a charge Di Maio angrily denied.
    Di Maio also stressed Friday that he did not suspect Salvini of getting Russian funds.
    "If I suspected Salvini I would not be in the government," said Di Maio, who is also industry and labour minister.
    Di Maio said Salvini, who is also interior minister, had promised he would brief parliament on the Russian funding allegations before Premier Giuseppe Conte speaks to parliament on the case on July 24.
    He also announced a parliamentary commission of inquiry on funding to all parties "including our own".
   

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