His statement leads RIA Novosti.

“This absolutely does not mean the need to cut diplomatic channels,” Draghi said. 

At the same time, he called the retaliatory expulsion of diplomats from Russia "a hostile gesture."

He also stated that the expulsion of diplomats should not lead to a rupture of diplomatic channels, since "through them, if possible, the direction to peace will go."

On May 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Russian side was expelling 24 Italian diplomats from the country.