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Russian embassy in Italy making preparations for Putin’s visit, ambassador says

Russia’s embassy in Italy is working to determine the date and agenda of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the country, Russian Ambassador to Rome Sergei Razov said at a musical evening in memory of the victims of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.

"We are working to determine the date and agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Italy," he said, adding that the visit would give a new impetus to bilateral relations.

The ambassador said that Russia had made the biggest financial contribution (nine mln euro) to the reconstruction of cultural heritage monuments in the earthquake-hit L'Aquila. According to Razov, the Ardinghelli Palace, reconstructed with Russia’s money, will become "a platform for Russian-Italian cultural cooperation."

In November 2018, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the date for Putin’s visit to Italy would be agreed on through diplomatic channels. He pointed out that the invitation for the Russian leader to visit Italy had been mentioned during Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s visit to Russia on October 24, 2018.

Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano said later that Putin was expected to visit the country in the first half of 2019. The chairs of both houses of the Italian parliament made visits to Russia in 2019.

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