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04.04.2018 (12:00)

Russian Defence Minister opens VII Moscow Conference on International Security

Today, the VII Moscow Conference on International Security starts in Moscow.

Middle East outlook after eradication of ISIS in Syria” is to be the main topic of the Conference. Particular attention will be placed on discussing post-conflict recovery and establishing peaceful life in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Special plenary sessions will be focused on security in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America with an emphasis on cooperation among military departments on security in the regions. The “soft power” phenomenon will be discussed separately as a tool to address military and political issues.

More than 850 guests have arrived in Moscow to attend the forum. Among them there are defence ministers and delegations of military departments, experts and academicians from 95 countries. Heads of the following international organisations will address the forum – the UN, OSCE, CSTO, SCO, CIS and ICRC.

More than 700 representatives of domestic and foreign mass media have registered to highlight the VII Moscow Conference on International Security.

The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu opened the Conference with his introductory statement.

“Today, the world is facing a crucial moment: relations between countries are changing, conflicts are solved by force more and more often. Claims made by a number of countries on their exclusiveness are encouraging a new arms race,” stated Sergei Shoigu.

According to him, the leadership of the Russian Federation is taking efforts to ensure national security. Main steps are made to counter terrorist threats as their increased significantly.

US-led anti-terrorist coalition failed to counter terrorism in Syria. However, it was aimed at establishing of military and economical presence in Syria.

As the Russian Defence Minister stated, the coalition included more than 30 countries leading in the military sphere. Nevertheless, territories controlled by the ISIS in Syria and Iraq were increasing.

“It is hard to believe that the powerful coalition could not fight terrorists in the region. It is evident that the coalition had another aims: to undermine situation in the region, and deploy military and economical presence in the area,” stressed Sergei Shoigu.

In conclusion of his speech, the head of the Russian military department stressed that challenges and threats in the security field were changing. According to him, it is necessary to analyze them constantly and search for joint decisions.

Sergei Shoigu expressed his hope that “ideas that could make a basis for a renewed security system will be voiced in course of the conference”. 

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