Italy is determined to cope with the consequences of anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the crisis around Ukraine, and intends to increase energy supplies from various international partners, said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

“The Italian government is determined to resist any consequences of sanctions against Russia. Our goal is to protect Italian families and businesses from the consequences of this terrible war,” he said during a visit to Algeria.

According to the minister, whose statement was broadcast on Facebook by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the consequences of the crisis may affect Italian and pan-European energy security, for which it is necessary to “increase supplies from various international partners, among which Algeria is of the utmost importance.”

Di Maio stressed that on his trip to Algeria he was accompanied by the head of the oil and gas company Eni, Claudio Descalzi, “whose presence confirms his readiness to negotiate and implement additional gas supplies in a short time.”

Last week, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said that Italy plans to increase gas supplies from other countries in connection with sanctions against Russia over the aggravation in Ukraine. According to him, the government intends to work on increasing supplies from gas pipelines that are not fully loaded, mentioning channels from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya in this regard.