During the nine-hour talks at the EU summit in Italy, according to the publication The Financial Times, it was Renzi who compelled that the proposal on new sanctions against Russia, put forward at the beginning of the meeting, was removed from the final statement.
According to the FT, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, among others, supported the imposition of sanctions at the summit.
“I believe that the mention of sanctions in the text [the statement] does not make sense. I believe that we have written the right words in the outcome document - that we should do everything possible to conclude the [peace] agreement,” Renzi told reporters after the summit.
On the eve, in September, the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Air Force stormed Aleppo, part of which is being held by rebel fighters and Islamist groups. Western politicians have accused Syrian and the Russian aviation in the strikes on the convoy, hospitals and residential neighborhoods of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus denies the charges.
October 18, the Russia’s Defense Ministry announced the suspension of air strikes on the Aleppo to complete the so-called humanitarian pause, scheduled for October 20. During the "humanitarian pause", the militants will be able to leave Aleppo, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. October 20, it was announced that the "humanitarian pause" is extended to four days.
Representatives of the EU and US authorities announced the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Russia in case of further deterioration of the situation in Syria.