From ‘Phantom Russian Threat’ to US’ Three Seas Initiative: Munich Security Conference Highlights

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The 56th Munich Security Conference, which wraps up on Sunday, focused this year on the West’s failure to agree on a common security strategy. The two-day event brought together over 800 delegates, including some 150 heads of state, prime ministers and ranking government members.

A security report, titled ‘Westlessness’ and unveiled shortly before the beginning of the 2020 Munich Security Conference, actually defined a vector of discussions held at the two-day event, which will conclude later in the day. Here are some of the gathering’s highlights.

Phantom ‘Russian Threat’

The Russian delegation at the conference is led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who during his speech called on the West to “give up on promoting the phantom of the ‘Russian threat'” and start a dialogue.

He pointed to a “crisis of confidence in European affairs”, singling out NATO’s eastward expansion and “unprecedented” military exercises near Russia’s borders, which Lavrov said “generates unpredictability”.

He also recalled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent proposal to convene a summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, the US, the UK, France and China. The goal of the summit is to make recommendations for improving the international climate and restoring trust between major global players, according to Lavrov.

Separately, Lavrov warned against historical revisionism…

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