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Italy summons Russian ambassador, blasts 'sham' referenda

Rome considering more sanctions along with allies says Sequi

(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 3 - Foreign Ministry Secretary General Ettore Sequi told a news conference on Monday that Italy condemns the "sham" referenda Russia held in areas of Ukraine occupied by its forces and will not recognize Moscow's declaration that it had annexed them after Russian Ambassador Sergey Razov was summoned to a meeting.
    Sequi said the referenda were held "illegally and in violation of every international law.
    "Italy does not recognize them nor the outcome," he added.
    Sequi said Italy would remain in line with its allies and contemplate imposing more sanctions on Russia as a "peaceful instrument of pressure to put an end to the war of aggression".


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