Donetsk, Feb 20 – DAN. Italian business people will arrive in the Donetsk People’s Republic on Monday; the visit will last until 23 February, the republic’s acting Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova told Donetsk News Agency.

“Italian business representatives will stay in Donetsk from 20 February through 23 February. They will meet with officials from the republic’s ministries and department do discuss possible cooperation options,” Nikonorova said.

The fact-finding visit became possible thanks to the operation of the DPR Office in Italy, she added.

“The West’s interest in Donbass grows every day; whereas it earlier was stirred by the military situation, DPR is now visited by tourists, cultural and art figures, investors and politicians,” the diplomat said.

The Italian delegation’s visit to DPR was reported by TASS on Sunday. Lombardy-Russia Association Vice-President JianMatteo Ferrari told the Russian news agency that four business persons representing six large Italian agribusinesses would visit the republic. They plan to consider opportunities to launch dairy production and build greenhouses to grow vegetables and fruits.*jk