The leader of Italy's right-wing, anti-EU Northern League party is visiting Moscow two weeks ahead of Italy's referendum.

Matteo Salvini has been one of the active "no" campaigners in the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum, on which Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future.

Renzi is calling for changes which would make it easier for the government to pass legislation.

In an interview with Russian state TV broadcast Friday, Salvini voiced hope for Renzi's defeat, saying it would continue the anti-establishment trend of the British vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. election.

Salvini has sought to develop contacts in Russia. He has harshly criticized EU sanctions against Russia, saying that Italian businesses have lost $6 billion because of them.