The Munich Security Conference was held from February 6 to 8 in the Bavarian capital. This year, the conference was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Vice President Joe Biden. The Munich Security Conference (Die Munchner Sicherheitskonferenz), sometimes referred to as the “Davos of Defense,” is an international, nongovernmental, independent conference for discussing major security issues. The conflict in Ukraine was at the center of this key meeting on European security.
The 51st meeting of the Munich Security Conference descended into a Cold War-like confrontation, as many Western participants adopted an anti-Russian stance that inhibited any useful dialogue.
Ukraine failed to provide Moscow with copies of passports which were shown off by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his address at the Munich Security Conference.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia could restore ties with NATO, if the bloc expresses its readiness for dialogue with Moscow.
Chairman of Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger said that Munich conference offers a platform for more intense and more balanced discussions about international crisis situations.
Ashraf Ghani stressed that the people of Afghanistan now want to have sustainable peace, enabling them and their children to leave normal lives.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said that the international community should give more emphasis and attention to how to deal with Israeli - Palestinian problem and put more effort to resolve it as soon as possible.
US Senator John McCain said that "Russia is emboldened by a significant modernization of its military, resurrecting old imperial ambitions and intent on conquest once again."
US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the violent extremism in the Middle East, and also stated that the United States will also continue to put pressure on the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
John Kerry stated that Russia is seeking to fundamentally alter the European landscape through destabilization of Ukraine.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is convinced that permanent security in Europe can only be reached together with Russia.
Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini will open the third day of the 51st Munich Security Conference that ends in the Bavarian capital on Sunday.
EU foreign policy chief called for finalization of an agreement over Iranian nuclear program.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, President Poroshenko made a call for the increased arming of Ukraine, arguing that it will actually lead to a reduction in violence in the east of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated after meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that NATO's course on strengthening its military potential and expanding its military presence in eastern Europe provokes confrontation and undermines the whole system of Euro-Atlantic security.
The schedule of the Munich Security Conference prioritized a US report, focused on the reasons why Ukraine should receive more weapons, over the address of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia would like to understand if the United States and Europe want to create an "architectural world security with Russia, without Russia, or against Russia."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that strategic partnership between the EU and Russia did not pass the stress test.