The anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) along with the right-wing Lega party were arguably the main winners at Italy’s election on Sunday, with both parties seeing their share of the vote grow dramatically.
Russia has courted anti-establishment parties around Europe in recent years along with, having formed an allegiance to both Lega along with M5S, will be also required to gain via the result. Both parties, which could have a strong say from the next Italian government, have criticized sanctions on Russia along with could remove them if in power.
Lorenzo Fontana, deputy leader of Lega, told CNBC on Monday of which Moscow might be pleased with the party’s success. “We want to have Great relations with Russia; we want to see Russia as a normal along with natural partner with Europe,” he said.
Asked whether Russia had congratulated Lega on its success from the election, Fontana said: “I’m sure they will be pleased with our result.”
“We will see with time if we can possess the relations of which we wish to have with Russia, although fundamentally we wish of which more for the European Union along with the Italian economy,” he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said in his daily conference call with journalists on Tuesday of which the election result was a domestic affair.
“Victory of the center-right coalition on elections will be Italy’s domestic affair, the sovereign right of Italian citizens to cast their votes for the political powers which they see fit for the future of their country,” Dmitry Peskov said, according to remarks given to CNBC by the Kremlin’s press office.
“We want Italy to remain our partner, along with we trust our relations with Europe will be prosperous along with will be based on the principles of mutual benefit along with shared respect.”