"In Search of an agenda for peace and cooperation in Europe" session to take place at second day of Minsk Dialogue Forum

8 October 2019

The second day of the Minsk Dialogue Forum on the theme "European Security: Stepping back from the brink" takes place today.

More than half thousand experts from the EU, USA, China, the representatives of OSCE, CSTO and NATO participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the international relations and ways to ensure security on the European continent.

Roderich Kiesewetter, the coordinator of the CDU-CSU faction (Germany): "I am convinced that Minsk Dialogue Forum illustrate European values and represent Minsk as a great partner. Belarus is open to new opportunities. It is important that we stayed in touch and openly exchanged our views. This eliminates the fragmentation of the countries. Here we are creating a debate culture."

Jacqueline Perkins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain to Belarus: "Minsk Dialogue is a new format. A small country between two large blocks of the continent plays a big role in establishing security and stability. I agree that it is a good idea to gather all countries with opposing views in one place and discuss all the issues of interest."

Part of the Minsk Dialogue Forum sessions is dedicated to the arms race and strategic stability. An important component is economic security. Belarus encourages the EU to start a direct dialogue with the Eurasian Economic Union on mutually interesting fields. An important issue on the agenda is information security.