President of Institute for Eurasian Studies Franco Frattini visits RANEPA
On November 17, President of the Institute for Eurasian Studies, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2008-2011) Franco Frattini visited the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) to discuss potential areas for cooperation.
During the visit, Mr. Frattini met with RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and the Director of RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service Igor Bartsits. Mr. Frattini also delivered a lecture, Europe and Russia: 21st Century Challenges, for RANEPA students, sharing his thoughts on various problems of the modern world, such as the development of the Arctic, the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, the situations in Syria, Israel, Egypt and Spain.
He paid special attention to Russia’s relations with the countries of the West. Mr. Frattini has served as Italy’s Minister of Civil Service and Regional Affairs, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Supervision of Intelligence, and Minister of Foreign Affairs; he now heads the Institute for Eurasian Studies, which focuses on pooling the efforts of highly professional think tanks dealing with issues of economics and international relations. This will help develop a strategic dialogue with Russia and other countries of the Eurasian space, he said.
According to Mr. Frattini, Russia will always remain Europe’s strategic partner, and his leadership of the institution in the current difficult conditions is primarily aimed at strengthening contacts with our country. He shared his vision of the current state of affairs. He highlighted the geopolitical significance of the existing problems and discussed their development and influence on the alignment of foreign policy forces.