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Welcome address of Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu

On 4-5 of April, 2018 the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation is hosting the VII Moscow Conference on International Security.

Over these years our forum has asserted itself as a platform for open, professional and inclusive dialogue on a vast scope of modern challenges. Every year brings us a growing number of participants including defence ministers, top military officials, heads of international organizations, world’s leading experts in defence and security from around the globe.

For us, the host agency, it is truly rewarding to note the growing tangibility in the outputs from Moscow Conference discussions. We seek to achieve the common goal through finding mutually acceptable solutions to the most pressing issues of international security with due regard for each and everyone’s interests. Conference proceedings as well as speakers’ statements published in the outcome will be thoroughly analyzed and thereafter applied by national government and think tank agencies.

Today, to our regret we witness escalating tensions both globally and regionally, we indicate attempts to use power factor to secure vested interests.

In order to counter these negative trends as well as to cope with the most eminent security threats, the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation offers an opportunity to discuss effort consolidation among the world community and the militaries across the globe. We hope to retain practical delivery and ensure effectiveness of the follow-up Conference by focusing its plenary sessions and subject matter panels upon the most acute threats and challenges facing global and regional security.

Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation
General of the Army

Sergei Shoigu

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