Wolfgang Ischinger to speak before U.S. Congress – Hearing on Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture in the 21st Century
Following an invitation by Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Howard L. Berman, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is going to attend a hearing on 17 March 2010 before the United States House of Representatives on the topic of “Transatlantic Security in the 21st Century”. Mr. Ischinger will speak in his capacity as Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Co-Chairman of the Euro Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI).
Wolfgang Ischinger will speak to the members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the future of the Euro-Atlantic security architecture in the 21st century, supporting a closer involvement of Russia in Euro-Atlantic structures and advocating a climate of trust in the dealings with Moscow. According to Mr. Ischinger, this might include an offer to enter into negotiations on the withdrawal – or reduction – of tactical nuclear arms from Europe. Furthermore, Mr. Ischinger intends to speak in Washington in favor of a jointly developed missile defense system.
The hearing of Wolfgang Ischinger before the House Committee is scheduled to commence on 9.30 a.m. on 17 March 2010 (Eastern Standard Time in the USA). Because of the different time zones, the hearing will be broadcast in Germany at 3.30 p.m. (Central European Time) via livestream. The written text for the hearing is available here.
With a view to the upcoming hearing, Wolfgang Ischinger made the following statement:
“Russia’s initiative for a common European security zone goes to show that Russia sees herself as, and wants to be, a part of Europe. Security in the 21st century will only be possible with Russia, and not against Russia. Europe, Russia and the USA are facing the same security challenges. It will take an even closer cooperation among the three centers of power to effectively deal with these challenges. For this reason, Moscow should be more closely included in Euro-Atlantic structures. The West should keep the door open for Russia, and this also applies to the issue of the relationship between NATO and Russia.”