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The heads of military departments and commanders of the armed forces of 49 countries have already agreed to take part in the Moscow Conference on International Security. This was announced by Major General Yevgeny Ilyin, First Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation (GUMVS) of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“Delegations led by heads of defense departments and commanders of the armed forces of 49 states, heads of six international organizations and more than 100 authoritative Russian and foreign experts informed us about their readiness to take part in the discussions,” Yevgeny Ilyin said at a briefing for foreign military attachés.

In total, according to him, more than 600 delegates from more than 100 countries of the world have confirmed their participation. This year, Russia has invited the heads of military departments of 119 countries to the conference, with no exceptions for representatives of states that have frozen interaction with the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“The Moscow conference is traditionally an open rostrum, where the opportunity to present their views and assessments is provided to all participants, without exception,” explained the first deputy head of the GUMVS.

He recalled that the conference was not held in 2020 and was postponed due to the pandemic until the epidemiological situation returned to normal. This year, both full-time participation of delegations and the ability to connect via video conferencing are envisaged. Those interested, who will not be able to attend the forum or get in touch online, will be able to send their speeches for demonstration of the recording at the plenary sessions and their subsequent posting on the official page of the forum. Ilyin especially stressed that “not a single performance will be lost.”

The plenary sessions of the conference will be devoted to strategic stability and the uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles, cyber threats, the problems of the Asia-Pacific region and the danger of an arms race there, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum participants will also discuss information security, including countering the falsification of history, and the use of fake news.

Separate sessions will be devoted to military and military-technical cooperation in Africa and the Middle East, the transition to economic development in Syria, threats and challenges in Latin America, as well as security in Europe.

“We propose to consider the issues of strengthening military activity in Europe, discuss steps to strengthen confidence-building measures, increase the transparency of military activities, and restore multilateral dialogue in the security sphere. We believe that within the framework of this discussion it would be possible to discuss the consequences of the destruction of the arms control system in Europe, as well as the further development of security in the so-called post-INF Treaty era, ”Ilyin added.

The main events of the conference will be held on June 23rd and 24th. On June 22, participants will be shown the Memory Road museum complex and the Main Temple of the RF Armed Forces, as well as the 100th separate support regiment. Yevgeny Ilyin specified that a special section dedicated to the conference has been opened on the website of the Ministry of Defense. The briefing was attended by over 100 military attachés from the CIS countries, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

The Moscow Conference on International Security will be held for the ninth time from 22 to 24 June 2021.

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