Economic Relations between Italy and Russia
Voice of America's Russian service quotes EWI's Jacqueline McLaren Miller and Danila Bochkarev in an article about Russian-Italian relations. Miller and Bochkarev discuss the importance of South Stream, the proposed gas pipeline that would connect Russia to Italy through Bulgaria.
"There is a clear political momentum growing for South Stream in Europe. What is in sharp question is the economic momentum," says Miller. "This is an expensive project—some estimates have put it at twice the projected cost of Nabucco."
"There are important cultural and scientific contacts between the two countries," adds Bochkarev. "Italy strongly supports Russia’s integration with the rest of Europe."