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Italy-Russia – Media Forum at the Foreign Ministry

An opportunity for high level dialogue and encounter on major current international concerns, whose participants will include some of the main Italian and Russian actors from the world of communication, the Italo-Russian Media Forum in Rome on 25 November, falls within the framework of the intergovernmental summit to be held the following day in Trieste. Minister Emma Bonino and her Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov will be speaking at the Forum.

Bonino and Lavrov discuss Middle East and North Africa

The forum opens at 9:30 and has a packed agenda that begins with the MFA’s S-G Ambassador Michele Valensise’s welcome speech, followed by that of ISPI President Giancarlo Aragona. Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Dassù and Head of the Federal Agency for the Community of Independent States, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) Konstantin Kosachev will close the opening session.

The forum will then be divided into two sessions: in the first, the debate will involve the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on the crises touching these two regions. The second, during which Ministers Bonino and Lavrov will focus on the world of communication and its most avant-garde digital aspects, will be attended by many culture and communications world representatives, who will debate the impact of the New Media on young people in Italy and Russia.

Finally, the forum will be brought to a conclusion by co-presidents of the Italo-Russian Dialogue Forum Luisa Todini and her Russian counterpart Vladimir Dmitriev.

Opportunity for journalists, experts and civil society representatives to exchange views

The Italo-Russian Media Forum offers an opportunity for journalists, experts and civil society representatives, including students, to exchange views on themes of common and priority interest to Rome and Moscow. An opportunity, therefore, to stimulate debate in Italy and in Russia on key international policy issues involving both countries, such as those concerning the Mediterranean. The event is particularly important in light of the mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership, thus also stimulating the development of contacts and extra-institutional relations.