Medvedev to take part in Munich security talks
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss a "broad range of issues of the Euro-Atlantic agenda" with participants in the 46th Munich Security Conference on Wednesday, a Kremlin source said, RIA Novosti reported.
"It is expected that the focus of attention will be Medvedev's initiative concerning the signing of a European security agreement, which is intended to fix in a legally binding form a principle of indivisibility of security in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok," the source said.
Medvedev proposed drawing up a new European security pact in June 2008, and Russia published a draft of the treaty in December 2009, sending copies to heads of state and international organizations, including NATO. However, the proposal has been met coolly by Western powers.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has repeatedly said that NATO wants Russia to be part of a missile defense plan for Europe, but Russia says a serious assessment of missile risks should be carried out before starting on the project.
According to the source, Medvedev is also expected to discuss nuclear non-proliferation, the strengthening of control over armaments, and the impact of the global economic crisis on international security with participants in Wednesday's talks.
The Russian president will also address the issue of European security during the Russia-NATO summit, which will take place on November 20 within the NATO Lisbon summit.