Our relationship continues to improve despite the difficult period. Particular attention was paid during the pandemic, but now the conditions allow us to improve our competitiveness, and thanks to exports, we have also managed to overcome difficulties. Cooperation with our partners in Russia is developing, and we can compete in the global market, including with products made in Russia — Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman, Pirelli & C. S.p.A. (Italy).
I see that the economic situation in Russia is relatively good, given the impact of COVID on the economy. I think that production investments serve as a proof for this. It gives us tremendous opportunities, in particular for our exports, especially in terms of orders for our companies. I think the Italian business community is jointly advocating for sustainable development in Russia — Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the Russian Federation.
In this difficult period, as well as many other countries, we have faced a lot of hardships. There was a powerful reaction to these hardships from both the authorities and the business community, both in relation to us, Italians working in Russia, and in relation to their industrialists. We closely cooperated with our staff, the client, and Gazprom. We sat at the same table, there were many working groups, we did not stop for a minute, and this is the evidence of the strength of our relationship — Fabrizio Di Amato, Chairman, Maire Tecnimont SpA.
I think it is a good start for Russian-Italian business cooperation to become the locomotive for cooperation between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, including Russia, and the locomotive for cooperation in Greater Eurasia. It does not end in Vladivostok, although it begins in Lisbon, this probably includes China, India, and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. We would like the cooperation paradigms that are being created bilaterally to be transformed into a wider format — Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).