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Monti says Italy faced BRICS 'measures' over marines row

Premier insists economic interests not a factor

27 March, 18:57
Monti says Italy faced BRICS 'measures' over marines row (ANSA) - Rome, March 27 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti said Wednesday that Italy had faced "measures" from India and fellow BRICS countries as a consequence for choosing not to return two Italian marines to India to be tried for homicide. "We had word from Foreign Undersecretary Staffan De Mistura that the possibility of measures being taken against Italy were being considered," Monti told the Senate Wednesday. BRICS, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is an influential association of emerging national economies. Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone were sent back to face trial in India on Friday in a U-turn after Rome had said they would not return after being allowed to come home to vote.

In an earlier address to the House, Monti insisted that economic interests did not influence the decision. Monti was speaking before both chambers of parliament after Giulio Terzi abruptly resigned as foreign minister on Tuesday, saying he had not been consulted and did not agree with the government's decision to return the pair, accused of killing two fishermen while on anti-piracy duty.