The Italian foreign Minister called for the return of Russia in the “Big eight”

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Angelino Alfano hopes for recovery in the format of “Big eight” (G8) with the participation of Russia. He said this live on Italian television, reports “Radio Freedom”.

“We can’t, but want the resumption of G8 format involving Russia and end the cold war atmosphere, – said Alfano.

He also hoped that the new US administration to improve relations with Moscow that will make possible her return to the G8. At the same time, the Prime Minister stressed that it was premature return of Russia in this format without evidence of compliance with the Minsk agreements on Ukraine.

Earlier it was reported that Italy’s EU summit to block the extension of sanctions against Russia for a year.

Recall, Russia was expelled from the “Big eight” after the annexation of its Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.