The 59th Security Conference takes place without the participation of the Russian representatives, who were not summoned.
The 59th Munich Security Conference started this Friday and the conflict in Ukraine is one of the central issues of the meeting, which takes place without the participation of Russia, whose representatives were not summoned.
The event will end this Sunday and is attended by guests from more than 100 countries. Thus, some statements by world leaders that have marked the positions and opinions of this high-level meeting correspond to the representatives of kyiv, London, Washington, Berlin and Beijing, among others.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky: “David defeated Goliath not by the power of conversation but by the power of action: by courage and slingshot. Courage is what we have, there is enough of it, not only in Ukraine but in our entire victory coalition. The sling must be strengthened right now.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “We have no doubts about the victory and success of Ukraine.”
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen: “My cabinet in the Commission began to work with the White House and the Treasury [de EE.UU.] in December [de 2021]about possible sanctions in case Russia invaded Ukraine […] It was hard work, day and night, to align our very different trading systems, to develop targeted sanctions on advanced technologies and goods that are irreplaceable for Russia and to be completely in sync within the G7 as well.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “It is important to organize our support [a Ucrania] from the beginning, in such a way that we can keep it for a long time. Until now, this has been our benchmark for the delivery of new weapons systems: howitzers and multiple rocket launchers, anti-aircraft weapons, infantry fighting vehicles, Patriot batteries, and most recently, Western main battle tanks. This means that all those who can supply said tanks really do so now. defense minister [Boris] Pistorius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs [Annalena] Baerbock and I – also here in Munich – are campaigning intensively for this.”
Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Wang Yi: “We saw the base text for the peaceful resolution, but the process was stopped. We don’t know why the process was stopped. It is possible that some forces do not want peace talks to materialize. They do not care about the life or death of the Ukrainians or the harm to Europe. They might have bigger strategic goals than Ukraine itself.”
US Vice President Kamala Harris: “USA has formally determined that Russia has committed crimes against humanity […] We also know that Ukraine will continue to be supported by the united transatlantic community. Putin believed that he could split NATO. Remember where we were a year ago. He has failed in this. The alliance is even stronger now than ever.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: “We need a military strategy for Ukraine to gain a decisive advantage on the battlefield to win the war, and a political strategy to win the peace. To win the war, Ukraine needs more artillery, armored vehicles and anti-aircraft defense, so now is the time to double our military support“.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “Some worry that our support for Ukraine could trigger an escalation. Let’s be clear: there are no risk-free options, but The biggest risk of all is that I win [el presidente de Rusia, Vladimir] putin“.
French President Emmanuel Macron: “We must absolutely intensify our support and effort to help the resistance of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian Army and allow them to carry out the counter-offensive that will only allow credible negotiations on the conditions chosen by Ukraine, its authorities and its people.”
Moldovan President Maia Sandu: “Russia is already leading a hybrid war against Moldova.”
- Thousands of people took to the streets of Munich (Germany) on Saturday to protest against the Security Conference.
- “Negotiate instead of shooting” or “Disarm instead of rearming” are some of the slogans of the Alliance for Action against the NATO Security Conference, which demonstrated against “the NATO military conference, militarism, nationalism, antisemitism and racism”.
- Some 5,000 police officers were deployed in the city to guarantee security during the protests scheduled for this day.
- From Moscow they have reiterated on numerous occasions that the weapons supplied to kyiv by other countries only aggravate the conflict in Ukraine.