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About 700 delegates from 109 countries of the world took part in the IX Moscow Conference on International Security, including 55 defense ministers, their deputies and chiefs of general staffs. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin, summing up the results of the forum.

“Despite all the restrictions caused by the pandemic, this year the conference was attended by about 700 delegates from 109 countries of the world and six international organizations, including 55 ministers and their deputies, chiefs of general staff, as well as representatives of 94 foreign non-governmental organizations,” said deputy head of the Russian military department.

Alexander Fomin thanked everyone who spoke at the plenary sessions, sections and who took part in the discussions, including in the online format.

“A constructive dialogue, an impartial assessment of the processes taking place in the world, a professional analysis of the situation – these are the characteristic features that have been inherent in the Moscow forum for almost 10 years,” the Deputy Minister of Defense emphasized.

He noted that the pandemic of coronavirus infection influenced not only the topics of discussion, but also the format of the conference: a number of speakers spoke at the forum in video conference mode or in video recording format.

“The organizers of the conference took all the necessary measures to ensure the epidemiological safety of our guests who took part in the forum in person,” added Alexander Fomin, expressing the hope that the next conference will be held in the usual face-to-face format.

The deputy head of the military department also said that all the reports of the delegates, regardless of the format of their participation, will be posted on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense, and also published in the final collection of speeches by the forum participants. Traditionally, the collection will be sent to all conference participants.

Alexander Fomin noted that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation during the preparation of the conference received an impressive number (more than 60) of such reports. This testifies to the relevance of the Moscow Conference on International Security.

“At the forum, heads of defense departments and military experts discussed the most pressing issues of global security, including the balance of power in the field of strategic stability, risks of uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, threats in the field of cyber security. The conference participants considered various aspects of security in the regions of the world: Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Europe, ”the Deputy Minister of Defense said.

He stressed that special attention was paid to the issues of military and military-technical cooperation, arms control, incident prevention, and confidence-building measures. A separate discussion was devoted to threats and challenges in the information and cyberspace, which are increasingly being used by the military.

The conference participants also discussed measures to counter the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 and shared their accumulated experience in preventing the spread of a pandemic, vaccinating personnel, and forming herd immunity.

“The Forum has coped with its task as a platform for dialogue. The discussions have become a significant contribution to strengthening trust between the countries, have contributed to an increase in the level of international security, “- said the deputy head of the Russian military department.

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