Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Colonel General Alexander Fomin summarising IX Moscow Conference on International Security
The IX Moscow Conference on International Security has been attended by about 700 delegates from 109 countries, including 55 ministers of defence, their deputies and chiefs of general staffs. This has been announced by the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Colonel General Alexander Fomin while summarising the Forum.
'Despite all limitations caused by the pandemic, this year the Conference was attended by about 700 delegates from 109 countries of the world and six international organisations, including 55 ministers and their deputies, chiefs of general staffs, as well as representatives of 94 foreign non-governmental organisations', said the Deputy Chief of the Russian military institution.
Alexander Fomin has thanked all the speakers of the plenary sessions, meetings and those who had participated in discussions, including those that were held online.
'A constructive dialogue, an impartial evaluation of the developments around the world, a professional analysis of the situation: these are the characteristic features that have already been inherent in the Moscow Forum for 10 years', emphasised the Deputy Minister of Defence.
He stressed that the pandemic of the coronavirus infection had influenced not only the subject of the discussions, but also its format: various speakers have participated in the Forum by means of videoconference or by video recording.
'The organisators of the Conference have taken all the necessary measures for providing the epidemiological security of our visitors who have taken an in-person part in the Forum', added Alexander Fomin expressing his hope that the next conference would take place in a customary in-person format.
In addition, the Deputy Chief of the military institution said that all the presentations of the delegates, regardless of the format of their participation, would be published on the website of the Ministry of Defence of Russia, as well as in the final compilation of the presentations made by the participants of the Forum. The compilation will traditionally be sent to all the participants of the Conference.
Alexander Fomin has emphasised that the Ministry of Defence of Russia had received an impressive number (more than 60) of this kind of presentations during the preparation of the Conference. This demonstrates the relevance of the Moscow Conference on International Security.
'At the Forum, the chiefs of defence institutions and military experts discussed the most topical issues of the global security, including the balance of power referred to the strategic stability, the risks of uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, threats in the area of cybersecurity. The participants of the Conference have examined various aspects of security in different regions of the world: in Asia, in the Middle East, in Latin America, Africa and Europe', listed the Deputy Minister of Defence.
He emphasised that the major attention had been paid to the issues on military and military-technical cooperation, arms control, prevention of incidents, consolidation of confidence-building measures. A separate discussion has been dedicated to the threats and challenges in the information and cybernetic spaces that starts to be used more by servicemen.
In addition, the participants of the Conference have discussed the countermeasures to the novel coronavirus infection COVID-19 and have shared their experience in preventing the spread of the infection, vaccination of the personnel, developing the herd immunity.
'The Forum has accomplished its task as a platform designed for dialogue. The discussions have become an important contribution to the building of confidence among countries, have facilitated the increase of the level of international security', emphasised the Deputy Chief of the military institution.