Economic cooperation between Russia and Italy has shown strong performance of the past decade, with Italy ranking among Russia's top European trading partners. Some 500 Italian companies operate in Russia and represent a whole sectoral range of Italian business. What are the long-term prospects for the bilateral economic cooperation between Russia and Italy? What are the next steps in further promoting closer ties with Italian business? What specific projects have a largest potential for strengthening this important commercial partnership in the current economic and political situation?
“Our focus is on the future – this is the constant in our relationship. Our hope of setting up a common space from Lisbon to Vladivostok requires us to work in both the economic as well as the political sphere”.
“To build means to forge relationships between countries. We are building roads in both the literal and the figurative sense; we are investing; and we are working together with our Russian friends to build a better future”.