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Italy Sought Russian Deals Just Before Putin Invaded Ukraine

  • Energy, utility deals said to be discussed at Moscow meeting
  • Draghi government was initially cautious on toughest sanctions
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Senior Italian and Russian officials met to discuss potential business investments worth hundreds of millions of euros just over a week before Moscow invaded Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said.

Talks in Moscow included a possible partnership between Genoa-based Ansaldo Energia and Russia’s NordEnergoGroup, according to the people, who asked not to be named disclosing private negotiations.