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Italy: 'Real strategic immaturity' - Ford Foundation professor criticises Russia for cooperating with Iran03:22

Italy: 'Real strategic immaturity' - Ford Foundation professor criticises Russia for cooperating with Iran

Italy, Rome
December 3, 2022 at 17:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ford Foundation professor of democracy and governance Tarek Massoud criticised Russia for what he claimed to be 'strategic immaturity' during a panel meeting at the Rome Mediterranean Dialogue forum on Saturday.

"Russia is such a basket case that they are now having to get military assistance from Iran. That's the country that you want to have deepened alliances with in order to cover for whatever shortcomings you think are in the US commitment to the Gulf? So I think again there is this real strategic immaturity," Massoud stressed.

The panelists also criticised Iran during their discussions, accusing Tehran of 'dragging the United States further into the region'.

The Mediterranean Dialogue conference takes place on Friday and Saturday, bringing together leaders of government, business and civil society in the region.

Italy: 'Real strategic immaturity' - Ford Foundation professor criticises Russia for cooperating with Iran03:22
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Ford Foundation professor of democracy and governance Tarek Massoud criticised Russia for what he claimed to be 'strategic immaturity' during a panel meeting at the Rome Mediterranean Dialogue forum on Saturday.

"Russia is such a basket case that they are now having to get military assistance from Iran. That's the country that you want to have deepened alliances with in order to cover for whatever shortcomings you think are in the US commitment to the Gulf? So I think again there is this real strategic immaturity," Massoud stressed.

The panelists also criticised Iran during their discussions, accusing Tehran of 'dragging the United States further into the region'.

The Mediterranean Dialogue conference takes place on Friday and Saturday, bringing together leaders of government, business and civil society in the region.