Illustrative photo – Meeting hall at the Munich Security Conference.
Munich (Germany) – The three-day Munich Security Conference, attended by politicians and experts from almost a hundred countries, begins today in the Bavarian metropolis. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US Vice President Kamala Harris, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and representatives of the European Union and the United Nations are among the participants. Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský will represent the Czech Republic and President-elect Petr Pavel will also be in Munich. Russia, which invaded Ukraine militarily about a year ago, was not invited.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will open the conference, which is one of the most famous security meetings in the world. Subsequently, Federal Chancellor Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron will make speeches.
One of the central topics will be the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but discussions will also focus on the so-called global South. Representatives of South American, African, South Asian and Pacific countries received the invitation.
Lipavský has meetings with colleagues from Finland, Iceland, Jordan, Mongolia, Togo, Kosovo and the Philippines on today's and Saturday's agenda, and he also wants to meet the Polish president Andrzej Duda. Pavel, who will be in Munich until Saturday, will debate with, among others, Macron or Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauséda.
The conference will be accompanied by strict security measures due to the participation of high political representatives. Around 4,500 police officers will be on the scene.