Putins 2003 gift to Italy a reminder of different time - Qoneqt
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    Veneetha Vitthal Gujaran in News

    13 Jun 07:43 PM


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    Putins 2003 gift to Italy a reminder of different time

    A statue that Vladimir Putin gave an Italian city, and which stands near a plaque bearing the Russian leaders signature, is a controversial reminder of a different time in relations between Moscow and the West. "May this statue bear witness not only to the great veneration of the great saint by Russians, but also to the constant aspiration of the people of our countries to consolidate their friendship and cooperation," reads the plaque signed by Putin.