23 May 2014, 11:14

Color revolutions threaten global stability - Russian Defense Minister

Color revolutions threaten global stability - Russian Defense Minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said there is a threat of the spread of "color" revolutions in the world, that are increasingly resembling forms of warfare. "The phenomenon of 'color revolutions' is becoming a significant factor in the destabilization of the situation in many regions of the world. Foreign values are being forced on peoples under the guise of democracy," Shoigu told at conference on international security held in Moscow on Friday.

"The socioeconomic problems of some countries are used for replacing nationally oriented governments with regimes controlled from abroad," Shoigu said.

"They, for their part, provide their patrons with unimpeded access to these countries' resources," Shoigu said.

"These 'color' revolutions are increasingly looking like combat and are developed according to the military arts," the minister said.

It's time to stop playing geopolitical games - Russian President 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said global instability is on the rise and it is now time to stop forcing someone's methods and values on countries.

"The process of development of a new polycentric system of international relations is proceeding with difficulty and is accompanied by an increase in global instability. We have not been able to make considerable headway in the formation of a union space of peace, security and stability in Europe and the Atlantic," Putin said in his address to participants in a security conference, which was read at the opening ceremony by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"The situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa remains tense, and serious risks are associated with the situation in Afghanistan," the president said.

"Obviously, modern challenges and threats make it necessary to stop the archaic logic of geopolitical games with a zero result, the attempts to force your own methods and values on other peoples, including by color revolutions," the address says.

International security conference to be held in Moscow Friday

The 3rd conference on international security is to be held in Moscow on Friday. The forum is to be attended by Defense ministers or Deputy Ministers from the member-countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as a number of Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries.

Participation of the Defense ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Iran, Pakistan, Serbia, and Deputy Ministers, among them the Chiefs of the General Staff of Syria and Iraq, has been confirmed. In all, more than 300 representatives from 40 countries are to take part in the conference. NATO and European Union countries have declined to participate.

The forum is to begin with a plenary meeting on the themes of global security and regional stability. The following persons will address those present: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, Chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov, as well as Defense ministers of other states and the chiefs of international organizations — CSTO Director-General Nikolai Bordyuzha, Lieutenant-General Yuri Zhadobin, Belarusian Minister of Defense, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, Iran's Defense Minister, and others.

There will be two panel discussions on the themes of "The Search for Ways to Stabilize the Situation in the Middle East and North Africa" and "Afghanistan and Regional Security."

Participants in the panel meetings are to discuss, in particular, the lessons of the "Arab spring", the impact of the situation in Afghanistan on neighboring states, possible ways for interaction between the CSTO and NATO, and other themes.

The forum is to take place in the capital's Ukraine Hotel. However, the theme of the crisis in Ukraine, which was originally planned for discussion at the conference, has been struck off the forum's agenda.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov are to hold a number of meetings on the sidelines of the conference. Thus, Shoigu, in particular, is to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Armenia

About 200 Russian and foreign journalists will cover the conference. More than 350 experts expressed desire to take part in the conference. The Russia-24 and Zvezda (star) television channels and the official website of the Russian Defense Ministry will broadcast conference proceedings live.

On May 24, participants in the conference will visit the firing range of the Taman motorized rifle division at Alabino where international tank biathlon competitions are due to take place in August.

The first Moscow conference on international security was held in 2012 and dealt with antimissile defense in Europe. Participants in the 2nd conference in 2013 discussed matters aimed at ensuring European security.

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