Italy's Eurosceptic government has extended an olive branch to Russia that will likely put it again at odds with their partners in the European Union after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte dangled the prospect of an Italian veto on any new EU sanctions against Moscow.

Conte described Russia as Italy's "strategic partner" and spoke of "the magnificent state of our bilateral relations", shortly after inviting Vladimir Putin to Italy on what would be the autocratic Russian leader's first st...

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