Merkel intends to improve relations with Russia

Over the last 25 years (after the collapse of the USSR – Ed.) The West was not able to establish normal relations with Russia and Germany will endeavour to fix it.

About it opening the second day of the Munich security conference, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We are in the last 25 years are unable to form normal relations with Russia. I will work tirelessly to work to establish with Russia good relations, despite differences on a number of issues. Russia is our neighbor and if you want our Eastern border. There is no clear international order remains fragile relations with Russia. I’m sure that today’s challenges cannot be overcome alone,” – said Merkel.

According to her, the world has long been under pressure of the cold war.

“Then there have been changes, and we along with our partners going forward. When ended the cold war, we managed to strengthen our partnership. Of course, we are not effective enough, so our populations are asking questions whether such a multinational cooperation? I stress that we need to fight for such structures. The EU is going through hard suffering the consequences of a BREXIT, in the future we will consist of 27 States. To continue our success, how to overcome what we are unhappy? We want to maintain friendly relations with great Britain, and we have a lot to do in the field of defense. We are 16 joint operations worldwide, we are an important part of UN operations. But we must also think about our military capabilities, to develop an effective system of management to think not only of military components but also the Humanities and social”, – added Merkel.

Earlier, Merkel said that Germany and France should continue to work within the “Normandy format” on implementation of the Minsk agreements to achieve a lasting ceasefire in the Donbass.

We will remind, on February 17 in Munich, Germany opened an annual 53-I the Munich conference on security. This year we expect more than 500 participants, 120 government delegations, more than 30 heads of States and 80 foreign Ministers and defense, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of defense James Mattis and Senator John McCain, who will lead the Congress delegation.

To meet and greet participants in the main conference hall of a five star Hotel Bayerischer Hof, which traditionally hosts the annual Munich security conference, will be its Chairman, Wolfgang Ischinger.

No doubt the main topic of discussion will be the future of the West and the world after the election Donald trump President of the United States.

In the framework of the Munich conference planned even night discussion “the Future of NATO: “obsolete” or “very important” (“The future of NATO: “obsolete” or “very important?”). In discussion will take part: the Secretary of state for defence of great Britain Michael Fallon, the defense Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of defence of the Netherlands Jeanine-Hennis Plasschaert, the Minister of defense of Canada harjit Singh Sajjan, the defense Minister of Turkey Fikri Ishik and the General, the commander of the European command of the armed forces of the United States Curtis Scaparotti.

The Munich conference will last until Sunday, February 19.