Former President of the European Commission Prodi: “Italy should do everything possible for gradual return of Russia in the G8 format”

Italy should do “everything possible” to return Russia to the G8, since it’s crucial for Europe to beat the US in the race to mend relationships with Moscow, former Italian Prime Minister and ex-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi has said.

“The first reason for doing that comes naturally from the fact of how little marginalization of Russia, including sanctions, has helped in untangling the Ukrainian conflict and how [little it has impacted] on the increasing role of Russia in fighting terrorism in Europe and the Middle East.”

(Russia Today)

Russia is an important international partner and world leaders should consider inviting it back to the annual summit of major industrialized nations,” Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in January