Security Conference one year after the invasion

A few days before the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, high-ranking politicians and experts are convening at the Munich Security Conference. Around 40 heads of state and government are expected for the three-day meeting from Friday to Sunday. Russian and Iranian government representatives have not been invited. Europe’s press surveys a polarised world.

Delfi (LT) /

The world is becoming divided

Russia is far from being isolated internationally, political scientist Linas Kojala notes on Delfi:

“The data shows that public opinion about Russia in the developing world (over six billion people) has not worsened, even against the backdrop of its brutal aggression. On the contrary, more people than before have a positive image of the Kremlin. In Southeast Asia, for example, six out of ten people see it this way. As a result, the world is increasingly splitting into a democratic world that takes a certain view of the geopolitical challenges and the rest that takes the opposite view. ... This complicates the West’s efforts to isolate Russia and fully enforce economic sanctions.”

Linas Kojala
Handelsblatt (DE) /

The guest list says it all

The invitations to the Conference reflect the renewed confrontation between blocs, Handelsblatt explains:

“Russian government representatives were deliberately not invited. The organisers are also not willing to offer the Iranian Mullah regime, which brutally suppresses its people’s desire for freedom, a forum at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. The Chinese government, however, will be represented at a high level to promote its model of a socialist market economy. And the ‘global South’ can decide which side of the new world order it wants to be on.”

Frank Specht
La Vanguardia (ES) /

Growing discontent with the international order

More attention should be paid to the interests of non-Western countries at the conference, demands La Vanguardia:

“The Munich Security Conference has always been an extremely interesting forum for discussing the political and security dynamics in the world. But after Russia’s unjustifiable aggression in Ukraine, its role in analysing the changes that have occurred not just at the European but also the global level has taken on even greater importance. ... A compromise must be sought to pave the way for a perspective that is less European and Western and takes into account the demands of countries in other parts of the world that are no longer hiding their discontent with an international order that does not respond to their needs.”

Delo (SI) /

Stop this war!

Delo publishes an appeal signed by former President Milan Kučan and other Slovenian politicians and scholars:

“The political talk of losers and winners is at odds with the aim of peace. Neither side can win this war. Peace can only be concluded at the negotiating table. ... We therefore expect you, the governments of the countries of the EU, Nato, the US and Russia, to form an alliance to stop the fighting, halt further arms build-up and start negotiations. The world of the future, peace, security and the fight against climate change are your responsibility! Your duty is to safeguard the lives of our children and their descendants in a world without fear that guarantees the existence of humanity.”

e-vestnik (BG) /

An unresolvable conflict for now

E-vestnik compares the war in Ukraine with the Middle East conflict:

“Netanyahu said about the Middle East conflict: ‘If the Palestinians lay down their weapons, there will be peace. If Israel disarms, there will be no Israel.’ So it is with this conflict — if Russia lays down its arms there will be peace, if Ukraine lays down its arms, there will be no Ukraine. Putin and the aggressive Russian society have plunged the world into the worst conflict in history. ... We can only hope that this war will continue to smoulder without turning into a nuclear conflict. It won’t end anytime soon. For the time being the situation is beyond repair.”