For the first time in 30 years, Russia is absent from the Munich security Conference

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At the opening of the Munich Security Conference, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all parties involved in the Ukraine crisis to take steps to de-escalate the situation, ACCORDING to THE European Union news agency.There is no alternative to a diplomatic solution to the problem.The UN secretary-general addressed the Munich Security Conference.’I call for extreme caution in terms of language,’ Mr. Guterres said, according to Deutsche Welle.Any public statements should be aimed at defusing the situation, not escalating it.Guterres noted that there is an unforeseeable risk of escalation in Ukraine.These include miscommunication and misjudgment of the situation.I am often asked if I am in a new cold war.My answer is that the threats to global security are more complex and greater than ever.Guterres stressed in his opening speech.Most of the informal channels of risk assessment and conflict avoidance between the opposing sides that existed during the Cold War have gone, and so have the people who knew them.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, one of the main parties to the crisis, called Saturday at the Munich Security Conference for the West to abandon its policy of appeasement toward Russia.He also demanded a candid answer about Ukraine’s hopes of joining NATO.Be honest if not all NATO members want us in.Mr. Zelensky said Ukraine could not serve as the West’s shield against Russia forever, and that his country deserved more international support for keeping one of the world’s most powerful militaries at bay over the past eight years.Zelensky’s presence at the Munich security Conference, with the Russian army on the border, was a surprise to many in the West.Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden had suggested that zelensky’s departure for Munich might not be the best choice for the president given the current tensions.Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine as soon as possible.The German foreign minister told the Munich Security Conference that Europe now faced the threat of war.The Russian troop deployment poses a completely unacceptable threat.This threat is directed not only against Ukraine, but also against all of us, against our peaceful architecture in Europe.So this crisis is not a Ukrainian crisis, it is a Russian crisis.”Berberk, a female politician from Germany’s Green Party, has threatened unprecedented sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine.Germany is prepared to pay an economic price.The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Germany and Russia is also a potential sanction.In light of the escalating crisis in Ukraine, the German government has issued an urgent notice calling on all German citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.’A military conflict could break out in Ukraine at any time,’ the foreign ministry said in a security notice posted on its official website. ‘All German citizens who are not absolutely essential in Ukraine are asked to leave the country as soon as possible.’Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, took a tougher line, criticizing Moscow for what she called a blatant attempt to rewrite international rules.She told the Munich Security Conference that Russia was seeking to rewrite the existing international order, preferring the principle of the strong to that of the rule of law.Choose intimidation over self-determination.Russia did not send any representatives to the Munich security Conference.Wolfgang Ischinger, the conference’s chairman, expressed regret.The main question at the Munich security Conference, which runs through Sunday, is what it takes for Russia to abandon its military threats and return to the diplomatic table.This was the last Munich Security Conference chaired by Isengel before he steps down.He said this year was perhaps the most important of his 14 years as the assembly’s president.For never before has there been a Munich Security Conference with so many urgent and real dangers to discuss and deal with.Isengle says Russia’s security concerns are far-fetched because NATO has not expanded eastward for 18 years.Why suddenly bring this up after 18 years?Whether Ukraine can join NATO is not even a matter of debate.Mr Isengle argues that Russia’s underlying intention is to recreate a situation surrounded by client states that need to give up their absolute independence.This, of course, is not possible.Isengle said every European country must have the right to determine its own destiny without threatening others.No one is threatening Russia now.Over the years, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been one of Mr. Isengle’s most valued guests.This year Mr Lavrov has stressed his willingness to talk to America, NATO and the Organisation for Security and Europe (OSCE) about a new model of peaceful co-existence in Europe, but this time in a written statement rather than in person.It has been a long time since the Munich Security Conference, the world’s most important security gathering, was held in such a tense atmosphere.The conciliatory signals sent by Chancellor Olaf Scholz during previous visits to Ukraine and Russia appear to have disappeared.Fears of A Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing again.Even as Russia announced a pullback of some troops from its border with Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden warned that an invasion could take place in the coming days.Speaking at the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia ‘could do anything’ to create a pretext for an attack, such as an act of violence or an unheard of accusation against the Ukrainian government.(Zhao Xi)