The main theme of the Munich security conference, «which is usually devoted to transatlantic cooperation», this year was Syria, writes the correspondent of The New York Times by Alison Smale. In her view, the event was held in a gloomy atmosphere.
The Chairman of the Committee on international Affairs of the German Parliament, Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen («a confidant of Angela Merkel», as explained by Smale) gave a «straightforward assessment of Russia’s intentions». From his point of view, the country is unlikely to comply with the agreement on ceasefire in Syria made on Friday. Röttgen said: «Russia has taken the upper hand in the region, and by historical standards, this is something new. They achieved this through military force».
Senator John McCain, every year traditionally are the heads of the congressional delegation in Munich, said Russian President Vladimir Putin: «the Appetite comes during the meal. We already experienced this in Ukraine.»
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that the world is slipping into a new cold war. The Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls made it clear that his country does not intend to participate in announced Germany’s plan for the redistribution of refugees between countries of Europe, reports the journalist.
The UN special representative for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in an interview with The New York Times reported that on Tuesday or Wednesday will begin sending convoys with humanitarian aid: «This will be the first test taken in Munich obligations». The truce, he said, should cover «all areas of Syria, except those that are controlled by the «Islamic state» and «Dzhabhat EN-Nusra».