6 Mar 2018 10:41

Russian Defense Ministry proposes that Moscow Security Conference address deterrence of real threats

MOSCOW. March 6 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian Defense Ministry has proposed that escalating global and regional tensions be addressed at the Moscow Conference on International Security in April.

"Regretfully, we have been witnessing an escalation of global and regional tensions and attempts at using the factor of force to promote one's own interests," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in his greetings to participants in the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security due on April 4-5.

"Seeking to suppress those negative trends, the Russian Defense Ministry suggests discussing ways of pooling efforts of the international community and defense agencies of all countries for fighting real security threats," Shoigu said.

According to the conference website, this year's event will concentrate on the war on terrorism in Syria.

"The Russian side will share its experience on combating ISIL and provide estimates on further development of the situation in the Middle East, including post-conflict rehabilitation. Security issues facing Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America will also be in the spotlight of the forum," the website said.

Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said earlier that Russia had invited all NATO and EU countries to the Moscow Conference on International Security.