BERLIN: Poroshenko’s comments came in a fiery February 16 speech at the annual Munich Security Conference that brings together world leaders and top officials. The stalemate in Ukraine is a key focus at the three-day Munich conference that kicked off on February 16.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who used his only appearance at the conference, in 2007, to vehemently criticise the United States for what he portrayed as its risky and destabilizing role in the world, is dispatching Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Munich.
In addition, the growing threat to the liberal global order, the numerous conflicts in the Middle East especially the deteriorating relations between the Gulf States – and political developments in the Sahel region will be discussed. Moreover, arms control issues will be a point of emphasis, in particular the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear program.
However, while stressing “unbreakable” transatlantic bond and welcoming EU’s efforts on strengthened defense, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the risk of weakening transatlantic relations and EU’s duplicating of NATO’s role. Attendees this year will include Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Trump’s National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster, and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Depending on whether or not his term in office extended after a bitter personnel dispute among the German Social Democrats (SPD), the 2018 MSC could mark the last such event for German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Due to the ongoing coalition negotiations in Berlin.