The richest and most industrialized regions of Italy, Veneto and Lombardy, in which referendums on autonomy were held on October 23, will again require Rome to lift anti-Russian sanctions. Leadership of the Italian Lega Nord party that initiated the referendum, as well as to the local parliament of Veneto, said in a statement.

These regions suffered most from restrictions imposed by Brussels on Moscow. And although economic motivation became the main motive for voting on autonomy in the two Italian regions, foreign policy issues were also on the agenda.

Recall, on October 22, residents of the richest regions in the north of Italy – Veneto and Lombardy – voted in a referendum for the expansion of powers of local authorities and greater autonomy. The aggregate GDP of the regions is 30% of the total economy of the country.

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