Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger noted that the Ukrainian conflict will be one of the topics for discussion at the Munich Security Conference, which started today, February 16. German diplomat made a corresponding statement in an interview with DW.
“Think about the Donbas, think about Ukraine, think about the Crimea. These conflicts are not resolved, because of them people die every day," the Chairman of the international discussion forum on security said.
In this context, according to Ischinger, one of the important topics of the forum will be an unresolved problem: How the West should treat Russia.
He also said that he considers the situation in Syria to be extremely concerning, and this topic will be one of the main issues at the Munich conference. The situation in Syria, according to him, is "extremely unusual", since many powerful participants in world politics are involved in this conflict: Russia, the United States, Turkey, Iran, Israel and others.
If one member country of the alliance can launch a military confrontation against its ally, then there is a risk of conflict within NATO, Ischinger noted, pointing to the disagreements between the US and Turkey. Such a situation could turn into a crisis of the North Atlantic Alliance itself, the Chairman of the Munich conference emphasized.
Reportedly, more than 20 heads of state and government, as well as heads of major international companies will take part in the Munich Security Conference. Among them are: President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, UN Secretary General António Guterres, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Teresa May, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.