Munich Security Conference supports Russia's changed foreign policy course
In its attempts to modernize the country, Russia is focusing on a new approach to foreign and security policy. Moscow envisages partnerships with the EU and the US. Within the framework of modernization and a new alliance with the Western world, the Munich Security Conference chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger will also play an important part. The Munich-based organizational staff of the conference is planning an event in Moscow scheduled for mid-October. This information was released by Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in a speech delivered to members of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to Medvedev, the Munich Security Conference could also play an important part in the modernization process of Russia's foreign and security policy. In a speech delivered to high-level Russian diplomats, Medvedev emphasized the need for new perspectives to profoundly analyze potential trends in bilateral and multilateral relations and to find the strength to abandon existing stereotypes. "Civil society, expert organizations and the business community can provide great support to [the] professionalism" of Russian diplomats. According to President Medvedev, the Munich Security Conference, which is planning to stage an event in Moscow in October, is showcasing precisely this type of resource promotion.
This statement made by the Russian head of state referred to an event series hosted by the Munich Security Conference known as the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting and scheduled to take place in Moscow this year for the first time. The first meeting of this group was held in Washington at the beginning of November 2009 and proved to be a big success. The participants not only included several foreign ministers and other political leaders of the European Union and the United States but also a number of high-ranking representatives of the economy.
Conference chairman Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger said Medvedev's speech positively reflected his commitment to partnerships with Europe and the United States. "Russia sees itself as a part of Europe and wants to belong to Europe." This is the topic he intends to discuss with American, European and Russian top officials at the Moscow Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference in October and help Medvedev step from words to action. "Security in the 21st century will only work out with Russia's support and not against their will," Ischinger pointed out. Europe, Russia and the US are confronted with the same security threats. This fact called for an even closer cooperation of the three centers of power, the German top diplomat emphasized on the occasion of the German-Russian intergovernmental consultations in Yekaterinburg.