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Leave 'no stone unturned' in Ukraine crisis, says Renzi

Premier says diplomatic dialogue essential to solve situation

03 March, 11:45
Leave 'no stone unturned' in Ukraine crisis, says Renzi (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - Italy and its European partners must "leave no stone unturned" in their diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday. The partners "will work together in the coming hours," he said.

"Our guiding star is the deep desire to leave no stone unturned in the diplomatic efforts," and promote continued talks, Renzi said during an education event in Rome.

Earlier in the day, finance and economy ministers from the G7 vowed to provide "rapid assistance" to Ukraine as it mobilizes in case of war with Russia on its soil. The group of the world's wealthiest developed countries, which includes Italy, said at a meeting in Berlin that the aid was to help Ukraine deal with marcoeconomic and regulatory challenges, and to fight corruption, all of which were factors leading up to the ouster of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich last month. Over the weekend Russian President Vladimir Putin secured approval from his parliament to use the military to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine and invade his neighbor in what has become the biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Without bloodshed, Russian troops have already seized Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a navy base.