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In Munich on Friday will open the international conference on security, which will discuss the future of the EU and NATO and the situation in Ukraine and Syria

On Friday, February 17, begins the work of the Munich security conference, which will discuss a number of key challenges in the field of security, including the situation in Ukraine.

According to a press release of the 53rd conference which will be held under the chairmanship of Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Wolfgang Ischinger), over 500 participants will discuss important issues in the field of security, a disturbing peace.

“The program of the conference on the future of transatlantic relations and NATO after the election of Donald trump, the state of cooperation in the framework of the European Union in the field of security and defense, the crisis in Ukraine and relations with Russia, the war in Syria and the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region, including on the Korean Peninsula”, – stated in a press release.

Participants will also discuss terrorism, information warfare, and the serious threat to global health and climate problems .

According to information, their participation in the conference have already confirmed a new UN chief Antonio Guterres, the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, high representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In addition, the event will be attended by the presidents of Ukraine, Poland and Afghanistan, Prime Ministers of Norway, Hungary and Iraq, the foreign Ministers of China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, France and the UK.

Will participate in the conference and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the Ministers of economy, defense and internal Affairs of Germany.

The American delegation in Munich will be headed by Vice-President Mike Pence. According to information posted on the website of the conference, the American delegation will be presented at a fairly serious level. “Several us officials, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of defense James Mattis and Minister for internal security John Kelly, have already confirmed their participation,” – said in the press release of the conference.

According to the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”, the Ukrainian President will speak at the panel discussion “the Future of the West: the collapse or comeback?” on Friday evening. In addition, on the sidelines of the conference on 18 February, the Ukrainian head of state will hold talks with Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence, President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The speech of M. Pence, Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General, the UN Secretary General and other dignitaries, according to the event program, scheduled for February 18.

On the sidelines of the Munich conference will be preceded by the talks between the foreign Ministers of the Normandy format, which will discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine. According to the Agency, the meeting of four Ministers is scheduled for Saturday, February 18.

In the framework of the conference on 18 February Pinchuk Foundation will hold the first Ukrainian lunch “Ukraine’s Security in the changing world order”. According to the Fund, the event brought together world famous figures, responsible for making decisions as well as opinion leaders in the field of security. The Ukrainian lunch will be attended by the U.S. General David Petraeus, former Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the President of Poland in 1995 and 2005, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chairman of the Munich security conference, Wolfgang Ischinger. the ex-President of the European Parliament Pat Cox, former foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt.

The Munich security conference is an annual conference held in Munich (Germany) since 1962. Before 1993 it was called a conference on military issues and conducted under the auspices of the Christian social Union, since 1998, funded by the German government.

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