The Munich Security Conference will gather for a session in Moscow on October 19-20, Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister spokesman Andrei Nesterenko, quoted by Itar Tass. Nesterenko also pointed to the fact that the session comes ahead of an OSCE summit in Astana and a NATO summit in Lisbon, where the alliance’s new strategy is expected to be adopted.
“The forum is expected to focus on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s initiative on a new European security treaty. The participants in the conference will determine the principles on the indivisibility of security” the official said.
UPDATE/October 20: Among the foreign representatives of the conference’s visiting session were its chairman, Wolfgang Ischinger, counsellor at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and well-known political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski, German ambassador to Russia Ulrich Brandenburg, chairman of the economic council of the CDU Kurt Lauk, and Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the United States National Security Council Michael McFaul. Other participants in the meeting included former foreign minister of Poland and current expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Adam Rotfeld, ROSNO insurance company CEO Hannes Chopra, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany Christian Schmidt. Participants on the Russian side included Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Presidential Aide Sergei Prikhodko, Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev, Russia’s Permanent Envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, and Institute of Contemporary Development Chairman Igor Yurgens, notice presidential site kremlin.ru
Particular attention was given to the President of Russia’s initiative to sign a new European Security Treaty that would enshrine the principle of the indivisibility of security in the Euro-Atlantic area. In his speech, Dmitry Medvedev stated that relations with Europe are one of the most important vectors in Russia’s foreign policy and emphasised that today, Europe needs to follow a unified European agenda.
Also, discussions haven’t bypassed a topic that is currently in the press lately in Europe: Trans-Dniester.
“We are working actively on regional issues now. You mentioned Trans-Dniester. I discussed this issue yesterday (Deauville meeting, France) with my colleagues, the French President and German Chancellor. I think that this issue can be resolved for sure. Achieving this requires all of the parties to take an open position. Chisinau and Tiraspol were ready to work out an agreement. This is possible because I got the former Moldovan president and Trans-Dniester’s leader together. They can sit down at the same table and talk to each other, through gritted teeth at times, perhaps, but they can talk. They can draw up joint decisions, and sign them too”. the parliamentary and presidential crisis in Moldova has left the country without an effective government for now, but as soon as one is formed we will be fully ready to continue these efforts. We are ready to work with the European Union and our partners in Europe on this. The main thing is for the countries sponsoring this process to take an unbiased position”.
If after the meeting in Bucharest Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Traian Basescu has avoided making statements on resolving the frozen conflict in Trans-Dniester, in turn now we know how to see things from the perspective of the Kremlin. “It is important at the same time for European countries not to try use the Trans-Dniester settlement process to resolve their own domestic political problems. I have already said that I think, for example, that Romania should take a much more balanced and calmer position on this matter. If we continue to hear from them such words as we hear today, the leadership and ordinary people in Trans-Dniester will never agree to unification. This is just one example, but it shows that solutions can be found to the frozen conflicts” said president Medvedev. According to analyst Vladimir Socor, quoted by RFE / RL, referring to Romania was a pure diversion by the Kremlin is trying to obtain greater influence in EU decisions. I would rather integrate this reference to a message in the context of the forthcoming elections in Moldova.
And if Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he would attend the NATO summit in Lisbon on November 20, in change he has turned down an invitation to go to next year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) due to full agenda. But Kommersant daily cited analysts as saying the real explanation is that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has also made the guest list.