Franco Frattini speaks about modern politics and global threats at RANEPA
On September 13, former Italian Foreign Minister (2004-2008), President of the Institute for Eurasian Studies Franco Frattini delivered a lecture at RANEPA on Important aspects of West-East relations: Challenges and prospects.
The honorable guest was introduced by the Rector of the Presidential Academy, Vladimir Mau. Franco Frattini thanked the students for coming to his lecture. The last time he visited the Academy, he was awarded the RANEPA Doctor Honoris Causa title, the speaker said, adding that he was happy to continue cooperation with the Presidential Academy. He spoke with the students about the relationship between Russia and the European Union and Russian-Italian relations. He noted that during his tenure as Italian Foreign Minister, relations between the two countries, as well as between Russia and the EU, were at the highest level. Franco Frattini regretted that contacts between Russia and the West are tense now, aggravated by the anti-Russia sanctions. He believes the EU has made a number of mistakes, which eventually led to the crisis.
During his presentation, Mr. Frattini emphasized Russia’s prominent strategic role in promoting the resolution of the Syrian crisis, appreciating its strong presence and results achieved in the fight against terrorism. The speaker noted that while Russia was in Syria and contributed to the fight against terrorism, the EU did not intervene. He also discussed North Africa, including the role of Egypt, and Libya before and after Muammar Gaddafi. According to the speaker, the West should realize there are common interests, and the enemy is not the East or Moscow, but all those “asymmetric threats” such as cybercrime and chemical weapons in the hands of terrorists. We need to confront all these threats together, Mr. Frattini said.
Mr. Frattini’s lecture was organized by the Department of International Regional Studies and Regional Management of RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service.
Franco Frattini was awarded the RANEPA Doctor Honoris Causa title by Rector Vladimir Mau in 2018. Also in 2018, he agreed to co-head a new program on International Humanitarian Cooperation (a Russian-Italian program with in-depth study of foreign languages) at the IPACS Department of International Regional Studies and Regional Management.