“We have received a communication from Italy late tonight (Monday). We will examine it carefully,” external affairs ministry sources said.
Reuters quoted Italian foreign ministry sources as saying that India had not responded to its requests to seek a diplomatic solution to the case.
“Italy has informed that given the formal initiation of an international dispute between the two states, the marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone will not return to India,” Italian foreign ministry sources said.
Italy’s decision comes at a time when India is pressuring Italy to part information on the bribery scam in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.
Earlier, when the marines had gone home for Christmas, Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi had sent a “letter of guarantee” to his counterpart Salman Khurshid assuring him of their return.