Moscow session of the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) will hold its second MSC Core Group Meeting in Moscow on October 19-20, 2010.

After the successful launch of the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Washington D.C. in 2009, the Moscow session will focus primarily on the future European  security architecture and on an enhanced cooperative relationship  between Russia, the EU, and Nato, based on President Dmitry Medvedev’s initiative regarding a European Security Treaty

Hosted by the chairman of the MSC, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, more than 50 high-ranking decision-makers will meet on the eve of the NATO Summit in Lisbon and the OSCE Summit in Astana. Among the featured speakers and participants are Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, and German State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Werner Hoyer as well as Christian Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence. The business world will be represented by the CEO of The Linde Group, Wolfgang Reitzle, Nikolaus von Bomhard, CEO of Munich Re as well as by Hans-Joerg Rudloff, Chairman of Barclay’s Capital.

As the MSC Core Group Meeting in Moscow began,Wolfgang Ischinger stated:

The Moscow Core Group Meeting offers a major opportunity to redefine the relationship between Russia and the West. Pushing the reset-button was the first step. The next step is to write new software, to create more cooperative structures. Russia defines itself as a part of Europe. Therefore we have to open the door to NATO for Moscow in principle and  tackle the challenges of global security together. Security in the 21st century can only be defined with, and Not against Russia."

About the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting:

In 2009 the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has initiated a new annual event format which is taking place at different places around the world in addition to the main annual conference in February. The Core Group Meeting is intended to  strengthen the transnational security dialogue and to develop new initiatives for the Munich Security Conference.

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