East StratCom disinformation claim:

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni called for the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia following talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in Rome.

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Period/date: 16. April 2016

Debunk claim:

Gentiloni did not call for the lifting of EU restrictive measures. Gentiloni said: “The sanctions will be discussed at the European Council at the end of June. We all know that the decision will be taken based on an assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreements regarding the Ukrainian crisis. We will evaluate the situation in the coming months” (http://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-media-distort-italian-foreign-minister-s-sanctions-position/). Following the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 March 2016, the HRVP recalled that the implementation of the Minsk agreement is a key condition for any substantial change in the EU’s stance towards Russia (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/fac/2016/03/14/).

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This information is reported by StopFakeorg in Disinformation Review issue 24. The item is located at row number 12 in the report.

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