53rd Security Conference started in Munich today. It is chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger.
Ischinger noted that this is the most anticipated security conference in recent years.
This year the conference will be dedicated to the Transatlantic and NATO’s relations after the election of Donald Trump as the US President, the state of cooperation in security and defence sphere within the European Union, crisis in Ukraine and relationship with the Russian Federation, Syrian war and security situation in Asia-Pacific region including Korean Peninsula.
Ursula von der Leyen, the German Defence Minister, and James Mattis, the United States Secretary of Defense, will make opening statements. They will be followed by panel discussions on the future of the European Union.
Debates on topic "The Future of the West: Downfall or Comeback?” are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will also take part in this discussion.
The Head of State will conduct a number of bilateral meetings during the conference. In particular, it is planned to hold meetings with the US Vice-President Michael Pence, Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is an annual conference on international security policy and has been taking place since 1962. The Conference takes place in Germany on February 17 – 19.