September 26, 2021
Dear director, «Ignitor»: this is the name of Draghi’s atomic problem with Putin. An issue that risks slipping the long-awaited extraordinary G20 on Afghanistan which is consuming all the energy of Super Mario.
The premier, in fact, is not at ease in the field of international politics, however the “Ignitor” affair, which has sparked resentments towards Italy from the entire Soviet world of science – which really matters in Russia – now risks making break out of a new diplomatic diaspora. On the level of realpolitik where the relations of force are measured point and that’s all, the discourse is very clear. The countries most interested in the Afghan crisis (Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan) met and coordinated immediately after the fall of Kabul within the already existing regional security organization and have no interest in this G20. At the center of the Ignitor affair, on the other hand, Claudio Descalzi’s Eni.
In recent days, the “Six-legged Dog” announced that it has successfully conducted, together with Cfs and MIT in Boston, the first test of a super magnet that should manage the nuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium with magnetic confinement, capable, in essence, of containing the effect of a very powerful thermonuclear phenomenon. All splendid were it not for the serious expulsion of the Russians which was taken as an affront. «Ignitor» was born from the intuition of one of the greatest Italian physicists, Professor Bruno Coppi, who carried out these studies with the decisive support of the Italian government in close collaboration with the highest scientific and political authorities of Russia. Not to mention the commitment of two great physicists such as Nicolò D’Amico and Giovanni Bignami who will be turning in the grave. The project, which can be superimposed neither more nor less than that announced by Eni in recent days, was one of the successes of the Berlusconi government, which even had it approved by the Cipe, thanks to the precious work of the then Minister Maria Stella Gelmini, who in mission in Moscow had met the elite of Soviet physicists, from MV Kovalchuk to Velikof Eugene and all those gathered at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Agreement celebrated in the halls of the Representation in Moscow in Denezhnij Pereulok, near one of the historic districts of the capital by Ambassador Antonio Zanardi Landi.
“Ignitor” was even the subject of a special protocol signed at Villa Gernetto in Brianza, in 2010, by Berlusconi and Putin in a summit dedicated to collaboration in the energy field which also marked an important triangulation between the US and Russia under the direction of Italy with the blessing of the respective “intelligence” CIA, Gru and Aise. For a few days, the discomfort of Italian physicists and many government institutions that worked on the project as well as the Russian grievances, have been on the table of the head of the Government who is trying to understand why this triangular initiative then took another path, cutting off Moscow itself. It certainly cannot be the result of Draghi’s well-known pro-Atlanticism, who probably knew nothing about it, overwhelmed as he is by vaccines and PNRR funds on a waiting list to be spent. Also because, in truth, he really needs to catch up with Putin if he wants to have him, at least in streaming, in the G20. But in Moscow, in addition to the outrage on Ignitor, they still recall with discomfort the harsh words of Draghi in commenting on the European sanctions against Belarus by Alexander Lukashenko, a great friend of Tsar Vladimir: “The level of Russian interference with both spies and web has become alarming ». And also the utterances against the Turkish “dictator” Erdogan on which the Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio put a definitive piece of paper when he met in New York, on the sidelines of the UN general assembly, his colleague from Ankara.
Furthermore, it is still not possible to understand why Eni, which thrives by buying billions of cubic meters of methane gas from Russia, could have made such a relational gaffe. Perhaps the urbi et orbi announcement of the new super magnet for nuclear fusion wanted to overshadow some critical issues of the San Donato group, now in constant pursuit of Francesco Starace’s Enel on all fronts of alternative energy, from photovoltaics, to wind turbines through marine wind. This time, to reconnect with Putin, Super Mario would do well with a few tips from Berlusconi; Professor Giavazzi, so generous with advice to everyone, should remind him that Vladimir even went to visit his friend Silvio at home when he was confined to social services and, in a more than familiar atmosphere, he even started throwing the ball at Dudu. This time Draghi, instead of the usual fire, will have to use honey to mend relations with the Russian bear.