OREANDA-NEWS. At the opening of the Munich Security Conference, its leader Wolfgang Ischinger declared that tense relations with Russia and climate change would be two important topics of the meeting. He proposed to have “as much dialogue as possible and as much defense as necessary” with Russia. The politician emphasized the need to “keep the door open” for Moscow adding that “peace or security is only possible with Russia.”

The conference will bring together more than 500 senior politicians from around the world. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, OECD head Jose Angel Gurria, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stoke, French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the ministers of defense of the United States, Germany, Turkey and Canada, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus are among the confirmed participants in the forum.