The message reads, in part:
“In connection with the expiry of your term as President of the Council of Ministers of Italy I would like to express my appreciation for your understanding and constructive cooperation in the development of the relations between our countries.
“Russian-Italian partnership has recently attained a qualitatively new level, for which much of the credit is due to you. We can rightly speak about a high degree of agreement between Russia and Italy, significant results in promoting trade, economic, scientific and cultural ties. Our meetings in Moscow and Rome provided convincing proof of the positive dynamics of bilateral cooperation.”