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Foreign ministry summons Russian envoy, asks grain deal

'To avert grave consequences for global food security'

(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 6 - Foreign Minister Secretary-General Ambassador Ettore Francesco Sequi, acting ion the instructions of Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and in agreement with the premier's office, on Monday morning summoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Razov and firmly rejected allegations of amorality on the part of Italian institutions and media levelled in recent statements by the Russian foreign ministry, a Farnesina statement said.
    The secretary-general also rejected insinuations regarding the alleged involvement of Italy's media in an anti-Russian campaign, the statement said.
    Sequi reiterated to Ambassador Razov Italy's condemnation of the unjustified aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation and reaffirmed the Italian government's hope that a negotiated solution to the conflict may soon be reached on fair foundations which respect Ukrainian sovereignty and the principles of international law.
    Finally, he underscored the importance of swiftly defining an agreement to unblock grain exports from Ukrainian ports in order to avert grave consequences for global food security, the statement said. (ANSA).
   

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