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    MSC Chairman Hopes Talks Give Impulse for Tighter Russia-West Cooperation

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    Wolfgang Ischinger, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) chairman, said that Russia-West relations need compromise and stated that "a compromise is not a one-way street."

    MUNICH (Sputnik) — The Munich Security Conference (MSC) chairman said Saturday he hopes the ongoing MSC session will give an impulse for tighter Russia-West cooperation.

    "I certainly hope that there will be a message of more cooperation, more joint efforts to end wars and conflicts than in the recent past, more determination and joint efforts, less confrontation. I think this year it is already more constructive than last year. There are signs of hope," Wolfgang Ischinger told reporters.

    According to Ischinger, it is possible for the nations to unite, although it would require a compromise from all sides.

    "A compromise is not a one-way street, so everybody, all players need to move, that is what we are hoping to achieve here, an impulse that will be forwarded on," the chairman added.

    The MSC is an international, nongovernmental, independent conference for discussing major security issues. Founded in 1962 to facilitate consultations between NATO member countries, it now involves representatives from Central and Eastern Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as former Soviet states.


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