Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Dialogue with Russia called for by Italy ex-foreign minister

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Rome, March 21- A "structured dialogue" must be
forged between NATO and Russia to build relations and strengthen
ties for common security issues, Italy's former foreign minister
Franco Frattini said on Thursday.
Frattini is a candidate for NATO's next secretary general
position.
A "reinforced consultation" must be formed between the
Atlantic Alliance and Moscow to better face common security
issues Europe and Russia have, including Afghanistan and the
safeguarding of energy supplies, Frattini said at a meeting with
the Italian press in Moscow today.
Frattini is backed by the Italian government for the top
NATO position, and to date is the only candidate for the post.
His candidacy was officially presented at a NATO
ambassadors' meeting in Brussels last year.
Italy is the third contributor to NATO, and it has not
appointed a secretary general in 42 years.
"The nation would like to reclaim its important role in the
Mediterranean, in the Middle East, in North Africa", Frattini
said.
Frattini went on to say that NATO and Europe needed to
develop further relations with Russia and a free trade area from
Vladivostok to Lisbon, as this was "the strategy for the next
10-15 years", Frattini said.
"Otherwise Russia will look increasingly to China and the
East", he said.

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