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A 3rd 2+2 session of the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Russia and Italy was held in Rome on August 6, which was attended by Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu from Russia and Emma Bonino and Mario Mauro from Italy.
The meeting "confirmed the strategic nature of the interaction between Russia and Italy." The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees "Modern Italy" as "one of the leading European partners of Russia, the relationship with which is progressively and dynamically developing in all the directions."
The two delegations devoted "special attention" to the "development of a political dialogue and military cooperation within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council," to the situation in Syria, the political and security concerns in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and the prospects for post-2014 Afghanistan. They also discussed "issues of disarmament and non-proliferation, and compared their positions on problems of missile defense in Europe."
And to conclude, the two countries decided to establish the structure of a Russian-Italian mechanism for regular consultations on EU-Russia relations. An Italian-Russian inter-governmental Summit will take place in Trieste on November 26 that will see the official launch of the Italian Russian Tourism Year (October 2013-October 2014).
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