World Bulletin / News Desk
The Kremlin on Monday heaped praise on outgoing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, hailing him as a promoter of "active dialogue" whose role in boosting bilateral ties was hard to overstate.
"He truly was an advocate of constructive, active dialogue on the highest level between the countries -- not just in protocol terms, but in substance -- involving the discussion and resolution of concrete cooperation issues."
Renzi announced his resignation Monday hours after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform.
Peskov said the referendum was a "purely internal affair for Italy" and Moscow "did not have the right" to comment on the outcome.
The defeat and Renzi's departure threaten to plunge Italy into a new phase of political uncertainty and possible economic turmoil.
Italy last year appeared to drag its heels on backing a renewal of European Union sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, briefly delaying a decision to extend the punitive measures before it was officially approved by the 28-nation bloc.Last Mod: 05 Aralık 2016, 16:09