The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Italian ambassador due to the cancellation of performances of the Russian musicians

According to the Russian Kommersant, Italian Ambassador to Russia Giorgio Starace was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. As explained in the department, this is due to the cancellation of the performances of several Russian performers. In the Russian Foreign Ministry, the actions of the Italian authorities were considered a manifestation of a tendency to discriminate against Russian artists and limit cultural interaction between the two countries.

“The ambassador was told that Russia remains open to dialogue in the field of culture and does not intend to impose restrictions on cultural figures from Italy, of course, if the Italian side observes the conditions of equality and reciprocity in the implementation of relations in this area,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. RF.

About what Russian performers in question, the department did not specify. However, on February 8, it became known that concerts by Russian pianist Denis Matsuev were canceled in the Italian cities of Bergamo and Brescia. Activists of the Arts Against Aggression organization insisted on this. They are also seeking the cancellation of the concert of opera singer Anna Netrebko at the Teatro Petrarca in Arezzo.

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