Anniversary Dialogue in the Name of the Future was opened by well-known Italian politician and public figure Franco Frattini

16 November 2017

On November 16, research and educational program “Dialogue in the Name of the Future – 2017: Russia and the World Around a Century Later” opened in Moscow.

Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund Leonid Drachevsky welcomed the participants from over 200 countries. After reminding that the current Dialogue in the Name of the Future was organized in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1917, the head of the Fund introduced outstanding politician and public figure, President of the Institute of Eurasian Studies, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2002-2004, 2008-2011) Franco Frattini to the audience.

In the beginning his speech the Italian diplomat thanked the Gorchakov Fund and the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation for collaboration with the Institute of Eurasian Studies. “When coming to Moscow I always feel among friends”, he acknowledged.

Franco Frattini shared his memories about his diplomatic work during hard times for Russia and Europe. He spoke about the initiative of Rome to bring Moscow into the club of superpowers, transformation of G7 into G8.

According to the politician, during all these years Italy had been among the closest friends of Russia. Rome envisaged restoration of the foreign policy potential of Moscow and at various times stressed at the highest level that not a single important issue of the global politics could be resolved without Russia.

Franco Frattini is confident that due to absence of Moscow in the “big seven” colossal opportunities have been missed to make the world a better and safer place.

The guest of the Dialogue spoke a lot about what Russia could teach Europe. First of all, it is real unity – a powerful union of different people belonging to different ethnic groups and religions. It is obvious how the national pride of Russian citizens is reviving due to achievements in the foreign policy. This being said, Europe now is demonstrating deep lines of separation in various fields.

The politician could not help mentioning the Ukrainian crisis. According to him, the biggest mistake was to offer Kiev a hard choice: to be with Moscow or with Europe. This resulted in the economic collapse and sufferings of the millions of people.

Having stressed again that not a single complex issue could be resolved without Moscow, Franco Fratttini urged the Europeans and the Russian to restore strategic relations. This has to be done right away.

The first day of the Dialogue was dedicated to discussions of different aspects of the Russian history during the period of 1917-2017. Professor of Moscow State University Alexander Sagomonyan, Director of analytics center Rethinking Russia Alexander Konkov and Associate Professor of Moscow State University Alexey Fenenko presented to the audience.

The event is organized with the support of the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for development of the civil society provided by the Foundation of Presidential Grants.