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On February 16­–18, 2018, Germany hosted 54th ordinary Munich Security Conference — one of the most representative and authoritative international platforms on conflicts, threats, and challenges to contemporary world politics.

Munich gathered over 500 participants from many countries of the world, including more than 20 Heads of State and Government, over 40 Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense. Participants of the forum included António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations; Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria; Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. Germany was represented by Sigmar Gabriel, serving Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defence; as well as heads of other ministries and departments.

On February 16­–18, 2018, Germany hosted 54th ordinary Munich Security Conference — one of the most representative and authoritative international platforms on conflicts, threats, and challenges to contemporary world politics.

Munich gathered over 500 participants from many countries of the world, including more than 20 Heads of State and Government, over 40 Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense. Participants of the forum included António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations; Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria; Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. Germany was represented by Sigmar Gabriel, serving Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defence; as well as heads of other ministries and departments.

Russian International Affairs Council was represented at the Conference by its members and experts, including: Aleksandr Dynkin, President of IMEMO, RAS Full Member; Igor Ivanov, RIAC President; Sergey Karaganov, Dean of the Department of World Economics and World Politics, Higher School of Economics; Sergey Kislyak, Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General; Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Aleksey Pushkov, Member of the Committee on Defense and Security, Council of Federation; Aleksandr Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; and Igor Yurgens, President of the All-Russian Insurance Association, Member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Many brief meetings and consultations with RIAC foreign partners were held at the margins of the Conference to discuss cooperation issues for the upcoming year and in the long-term perspective. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chairman of RIAC Board of Trustees, made a speech at the Conference.

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