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25.04.2019 (16:03)

Large attendance of MCIS-2019 indicates the need for dialogue in the world

The large attendance of the Moscow Conference on International Security indicates the urgent need for dialogue and its lack in the international arena, as Deputy Defence Miniter Colonel General Aleksandr Fomin stated when summarising the forum.

"This year the Conference was attended by over 1,000 delegates from 111 states and seven international organisations. Seventy-seven official delegations have arrived in Moscow, fifty-five state send high-ranking delegations headed by defence ministers, other heads of military departments, their deputies, chiefs of the general staff", Alexander Fomin stated.

According to him, these figures show that there is a serious shortage of dialogue between the defence ministries in the current international arena, so this platform is in great demand.

“International security largely depends on the level of trust between states, and the only way to trust is dialogue,” the deputy minister stressed.

“A number of countries that we invited for the forum, unfortunately, did not send representatives, thus demonstrating the lack of readiness for a constructive dialogue or unwillingness to conduct it,” Alexander Fomin said, adding that this hampers the search for mutually acceptable solutions, in which the whole world community is interested - from politicians to military.

In conclusion, the deputy head of Russia's Defence Ministry thanked all the participants and organizers of the conference, emphasizing that representatives of international organizations made a significant contribution to discussions on international security issues. Among them, there are representatives of the United Nations, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Organization for Security and the Commonwealth in Europe, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the League of Arab States.

The VIII Moscow Conference on International Security took place on April 23-25. Its agenda included most urgent issues concerning international security. The attendees exchanged views on current military dangers and threats, including the improvement of the arms control system, the situation in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

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