The Italian authorities refused to let the rescue vessel "Aquarius" with 629 migrants on board.
It is noted that the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini sent an urgent letter to the Government of Malta, suggesting that the country accept a ship with migrants , but there they refused.
Salvini indicated that this step is a sign of Italy's new policy on illegal migration.
"From now on, Italy begins to say" no "to trafficking in persons," no "to the business associated with illegal migration. My goal is to ensure the peaceful life of these children in Africa and a peaceful life for our children in Italy, "he wrote.
According to the agency, the Italian authorities sent boats to the ship with doctors so that they could help if necessary.
In early January, Germany was told that the EU was not coping with the overcoming of the migration crisis.