Italian Deputy-Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, gestures as he addresses the Senate in Rome, Thursday, July 11, 2019.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into possible international corruption following media reports that the ruling League party sought millions of euros via a secret Russian oil deal, two sources said Thursday.Italian news magazine L'Espresso reported in February that Salvini's former spokesman Gianluca Savoini had held talks in Moscow last October with Russian businessmen about a possible oil deal that would enable funds to be siphoned to the League.Savoini denied the allegations at the time. Savoini told the Italian media on Thursday that he had met a group of unnamed businessmen but denies any wrongdoing and says the League did not receive any money from the Russians.Salvini warned at the time that his party faced bankruptcy.
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