A council in Italy’s northeastern Veneto region, is urging its national government to abandon EU international policy and recognise Crimea as being part of Russia. A resolution was carried calling for the change and subsequent lifting of economic sanctions against Moscow which the council says are crippling its economy.
Stefano Valdegamberi who is from the separatist Northern league said his region has suffered severe damage from the sanctions against Russia. “Our goods have been embargoed. With this vote, we want to send a strong message to the Italian government and the European Union to change the policy towards Russia.”
Opposition member Graziano Azzalin criticised the vote saying, “ Veneto is a region and not a sovereign state, it can not decide on foreign policy issues. This resolution will not have any effect, it is just propaganda for the Northern league.”
The Veneto region’s economy relies heavily on the export of its glass production.
Earlier this week Ukraine’s Ambassador to Italy criticised the councilors calling on them to support efforts to achieve the return of Crimea to Ukrainian control.