52nd Security Conference starts in Munich

52nd Security Conference starts in Munich

The 52nd Munich Security Conference this year will discuss migration crisis in Europe and the war in Syria. It will be attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and other public figures.

A member of the Federation Council Committee for International Affairs, Igor Morozov, told Vestnik Kavkaza that the Committee expects that a full range of views on key topics will be presented at the conference in Munich. "I think that there will be two main points of view on the international situation in the Middle East, the Syrian crisis and its resolution, but angles may be very different. Most likely, a significant part of Western politicians will refer to the suspension of the Geneva peace talks, as well as to Russia's support of President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Another part will say that the Kurds should not take part in the Vienna talks," the senator forecasts.

Igor Morozov reminded that Russia's position on the settlement of the crisis remains consistent and clear, adding that the armed opposition group is responsible for the breakdown of talks on Syria, as it was not ready for a dialogue. "The main thing is to prepare the elections, which would allow the Syrian people to choose the president, government and parliament on the basis of the new Constitution. In this regard, all the points of view at the Munich Security Conference are important for the development of common approaches to the problem of the civil war in Syria," he stressed.

The deputy dean of the Faculty of Global Economics and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University, Andrei Suzdaltsev, in an interview with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza said that he also expects that the Munich Conference will become 'the Syrian Conference'. "The crisis, which includes migration problems in Europe, growing confrontation between the West and Russia and the conflict in the Middle East, will be in the focus of discussions. The Syrian topic will be the most interesting for the Russian participants because of our military operation and in connection with the prospects for the continuation of the Vienna talks to resolve the crisis," he said.

Professor of the Western University, political scientist Fikret Sadykhov, said that for Azerbaijan the most interesting topic at the conference will be the struggle against separatism and terrorism, as well as regional security and the fight against cybercrime. "I think that the President of Azerbaijan will touch on the issue of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the positions of the leading states and international organizations' attitude to the conflict, which, unfortunately, demonstrate complete indifference," the analyst noted.

"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main source of instability and a direct threat to security in the region. I think issues related directly to Azerbaijan will also be addressed," Fikret Sadikhov added.

The Georgian political scientist Vakhtang Maisaya noted that, in addition to the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Georgian delegation will devote its attention to the problems of the Black Sea region. "Most likely, in the context of the fact that the Black Sea basin has now become one of the key points in the confrontation between the institutions of NATO and the Russian Federation. The moment of political conflict in Syria, which has an immediate value and even influence on Georgia, will of course also be the focus of our attention," he said.

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