Congratulations to Giuseppe Conte on taking office as Prime Minister of Italy 2018-06-01 17:30:00 Vladimir Putin sent a message to Giuseppe Conte congratulating him on taking office as Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. The President noted that Russian–Italian relations are based on positive traditions of friendship and mutual respect. “I expect that your work as the Head of Government will help advance constructive Russian-Italian cooperation in various areas, as well as joint efforts to effectively address key regional and international problems. This undoubtedly meets the fundamental interests of the Russian and Italian people,” the President of Russia stressed in his message. Vladimir Putin also congratulated Giuseppe Conte on Republic Day, Italy’s national holiday.