Italian Deputy PM Salvini: Italy would prefer to see Russia in EU rather than Turkey

Italian Deputy PM Salvini: Italy would prefer to see Russia in EU rather than Turkey
# 26 April 2019 19:18 (UTC +04:00)

Italian Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League Party leader Matteo Salvini has indicated that he would prefer to see Moscow join the European community instead of Ankara, ONA reports citing Sputnik International.

"For decades, we have been spending billions of euros to convince the Turks to enter the EU, even though Turkey has nothing to do with Europe," Salvini said.

"Instead of supporting the idea of Turkish accession to the EU, to be honest, I would prefer to see Russia's accession into the European community," the deputy prime minister said. "Russia is much closer to us in terms of history, culture, the economy and our traditions than Turkey," Salvini noted.

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