The President of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, on February 17, 2017, at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, South West Germany. © AFP

The chairman of the Munich security conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, told German radio that the risk of confrontation between the major powers has never been higher since the end of the Soviet Union.

“The risk of military confrontation between the great powers since the end of the Soviet Union has never been so high,” he said in a conversation with German radio, adding: “For example, mistrust between the military authorities of Washington and Moscow has increased greatly and the circumstances have never been so bad as at this moment. ”

Ischinger added that the world police was no longer adapted to international developments.

The former German diplomat spoke of the differences within the international community over the Syrian crisis, North Korea and ongoing military maneuvers around the globe. He said that as much as he can remember, these are unprecedented events in the last 30 years.

He also spoke about developments in the US administration over the past year and said that since the arrival of this new administration, a wave of depression has hit Western politicians. He finally said that it seemed that the situation was back to normal and that in America, the time of radical changes was apparently over.

As every year for more than 50 years, political leaders, diplomats, military and experts meet this weekend in Munich (February 16 to 18) to examine the global situation.

This is the 54th edition of the Munich Conference on Security.

The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs will also attend the meeting.

The US delegation is made up of Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.


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