Russian New University, 105005, Radio str. 22, Moscow, Russia

“There are a lot of problems in our world, and we should solve them together”


On May 29, 2019, an open lecture in English “The Future of the European Union and Relations with Russia” was held at the Russian New University (RosNOU).

The lecture was delivered by Jaap de Zwaan, a professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, was the representative of the Government of the Netherlands at the Court of European Communities in Luxembourg, and also participated in the negotiations and preparation of drafts of a number of European treaties.

Jaap de Zwaan spoke about the history of the Dutch flag and its similarity in color with the Russian flag, about the EU’s attitude to Russia on the issues of Crimea, Donbass, Syria, and possibilities for further economic cooperation. The professor especially noted the importance of the dialogue between European countries and Russia:

“There are a lot of problems in our world, and we should solve them together. We can’t deal with them without your country. We don’t support some of your actions, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reach an agreement.”

After the lecture, students discussed with the professor the problem of human rights, the presidential elections in Ukraine and the general political situation in the world.