The new Italian government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday won the confidence vote in Senate.
"We will promote openness towards Russian Federation that has in the last years reaffirmed its worldwide role in various geopolitical critical situations", Conte told the parliament in a plea for confidence for the newly formed Euroskeptic government.
Di Maio is labour and industry minister in Conte's government, and Salvini is interior minister, raising doubt about whether the prime minister, a political novice, can put his own stamp on the government's agenda.
"I think it's better to spend money in the countries of origin, and now if there are NGOs that want to work for free, that's fine", Salvini said.The leader of the far-right League party also said the new government would "not take a hard line on immigration but one of common sense".More news: Sergio Ramos: Mohamed Salah ‘arm grab’ led to shoulder injury
"The political forces that make up this government have been accused of being populist and anti-system.", Conte said. "If populism is the attitude of listening to people's needs, then we lay a claim to it".
The 5-Stars and League have slight parliamentary majorities.
Both former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party - a campaign ally of the League - and the outgoing centre-left Democratic Party have said they will not vote in favour of the new government. But 5-Star Senator Michele Giarusso defended the choice of "the government a lot of us were waiting for".
Conte's address is expected to draw heavily from the 5-Star-League's 57-page government agenda, which calls for a two-tiered flat tax, a basic income for poor Italians and pension reform - a heavy spending platform that economists and European Union policymakers worry will increase the country's debt burden, already Europe's heaviest after Greece.
Italy already has the biggest debt burden of major eurozone nations at about 130% of economic output.More news: Chris Hemsworth says Avengers 4 is ‘more shocking’ than Infinity War
All told, it was a measured speech from the new politician.
"Italian public debt is fully sustainable today", Conte said.
Mr. Conte mostly avoided foreign affairs, other than to talk up the sanctity of Italy's relationship with the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, before adding: "Mind you!"
"We will strongly call for the Dublin Regulation to be overhauled in order to obtain respect for a fair distribution of responsibilities and to achieve an automatic system of compulsory distribution of asylum seekers".
"We are not racist and we never will be", he said.More news: Syphilis and gonorrhoea up by one-fifth
Since being sworn in Conte had limited himself to a Facebook post in which he said that he had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron and would meet the two leaders at the G7 summit.