Mr Shoigu, Mr Patrushev, colleagues, and friends,
The Moscow conference, organised by the Russian Defence Ministry, has firmly established itself as an important platform for an open and constructive exchange of opinions on key aspects of global security. This conversation is highly relevant, taking into account the ongoing buildup of forces of instability and conflict in international relations.
I would like to cite one quotation: “There can be no middle ground here. We shall have to take the responsibility for world collaboration, or we shall have to bear the responsibility for another world conflict.” These words were delivered by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. I believe that they formulated one of the main lessons of the most devastating global conflict in history: it is only possible to meet common challenges and preserve the peace through collective, joint efforts based on respect for the legitimate interests of all partners.
16 April 2015
The IV Moscow Conference on International Security held by the Defence Ministry of Russia started working today in Moscow.

Representatives of Military departments of more than 70 countries, experts and academicians as well as delegates from 6 international organizations will participate in the forum.

The Head of the Russia Military department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu gave an opening speech at the conference.

He expressed his conviction that the majority of modern crises can be resolved through political and diplomatic efforts.
16 April 2015
Today, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, speaking at the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security, said that the Ukrainian crisis erupted because of the reluctance of the US and its NATO allies to take into account Russia's protection of its national interests.

"The principal and independent position of the Russian Federation to resolve the situation in Ukraine was seen by the US and its allies in the NATO and European Union as a manifestation of our state "unauthorized" self-reliance in settling its national interests. In an effort to "put Russia in its place", Western countries render political and economic pressure on our country," said Gen. Valery Gerasimov.
10 April 2015
We have noted the remarks by US and NATO officials indicating that the political framework deal agreed to recently in Lausanne on the final settlement of the situation regarding Iran’s nuclear programme provides no grounds for adjusting missile defence plans in Europe. As such, a State Department representative recently recalled that Washington is also “concerned” about Iran’s missile programme. An official NATO representative voiced a similar opinion, pointing to the “growing threat” that the proliferation of ballistic missiles posed to the alliance.
10 April 2015
The speculations by the author of the New York times publication will remain on his conscience. As for the facts the situation is following. Along with other partner countries we received a circular notification from NATO. To sum up, it says that with a view of the growing number of NATO partners and the intensified cooperation with them on a large number of issues the Alliance recommends to limit the maximum number of the accredited personnel. Such logic raises questions, as well as the attempt to give recommendations regarding the size of the missions, particularly if you take into account that in a normal diplomatic practice there are no standards regarding the size of diplomatic missions. I wonder if Alliance members are planning to downsize their missions in Moscow in light of the restrictive measures against our country.
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Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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