This year’s edition will be mainly devoted to improvement of arms control systems. The security situation in the Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis settlement, will also prevail on the agenda of the conference.
Moreover, the conference will focus on the expansion of security cooperation in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The event will start by a visit to the Russian Defense Ministry’s Patriot Park, located in the Moscow Region. A roundtable on military dangers and threats in modern world will follow.
Middle Eastern issues to be the main topic at Moscow Conference on International Security (23-25 of April 2019) 🚩https://t.co/tEt7WsQ1xK— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) March 24, 2019
Weapons and equipment seized from militants in #Syria🇸🇾 to be shown at the Conference🚩https://t.co/b2yIEXahhE
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MCIS will officially open on Wednesday, when the Russian leadership and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will deliver an opening statement. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also expected to address the conference.
Plenary sessions on the second day will cover topics such as Arctic security challenges, "hybrid" warfare and "color" revolutions, the defeat of the Daesh* terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, among other issues.
The following day, the Russian leadership will deliver opening remarks, while a plenary session on the UN peacekeeping system and legal framework for peacekeeping will be held afterwards.
The second plenary session on Thursday will be devoted to regional security aspects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin is set to make closing remarks.
Secretary General of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Thomas Greminger, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami and Indian Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra are expected to attend the conference.
#Zakharova: On April 24, Sergey #Lavrov is to meet with #OSCE Secretary General @gremingerosce, who will visit #Moscow to attend the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security pic.twitter.com/Vxy6OY4mb7— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) April 18, 2019
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Vice-President Gilles Carbonnier will also take part in the event, among many others.
The MCIS is an annual event, which gathers together defense ministers, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, and military experts. Last year, the conference was attended by some 850 delegates from 95 countries, according to the organizers.
*Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) is a terror group outlawed in Russia and other countries.