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Italy Executives Ignore Draghi Appeal, Join Call With Putin

  • Rome asked companies to skip event, citing Ukraine tensions
  • Premier Draghi has said EU has limited options to deter Putin
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Top Italian executives went ahead with a conference call with President Vladimir Putin on investment prospects in Russia Wednesday, ignoring an appeal from their own government to scrub the event as tensions rise over Ukraine.

“I’m very glad to have the chance to meet with you,” Putin said in televised comments opening the video conference. “We can say with satisfaction that our countries have managed to maintain cooperation on the economic track at a rather high level,” he said, with trade up 54% in the first 11 months of last year.