The three-day-long Munich Security Conference going on in Munich, Germany, was dominated by the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The world leaders came to the conference and expressed their future actions towards Ukraine. The USA and China’s tensions over spy balloons were also the topic of discussion.
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Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the opening of the conference through video. The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, also attended the anticipated conference. He highlighted that helping Ukraine is the need of the hour. Last year, the western countries came out in support of Ukraine by putting heavy sanctions on Russia.
Doubling the Military aid to Ukraine
He elaborated on the need to double the military aid in the form of weapons sent to Ukraine. The United Kingdom is an important NATO member and also expressed that the new NATO charter should provide long-term support to Ukraine. More weaponry needs to be supplied to front-line troops.
He reacted to Putin’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine. He said Putin started the war. This is the time to prove his prediction wrong that we will lose.
This completely goes with the theme of Munich’s security conference, which is to prevent global conflicts.
Some leaders are worried about increasing the weapon supply to Ukraine, as this could lead to a disastrous situation.
On February 8, 2023, the two leaders, Volodymyr Zelensky and Rishi Sunak, met for the first time during Zelensky’s UK visit since the invasion.
Other Western leaders have been outspoken in their support for Ukraine. Ukraine has been receiving an ample amount of support from western leaders at the conference. Many analysts see this as a win for Zelensky.
Russia not invited to Munich Security Conference
Russia wasn’t invited to the Munich Security Conference after 20 years. On the other hand, South Africa, China, and Russia conducted their naval exercises a few days ago. The South African officials called it a regular naval exercise between countries. However, South Africa is neutral in its stance on the Russia-Ukraine war.
The Munich Security Conference marks the one year of the Ukraine invasion. A minute of silence was done to mark the one year of the invasion of Ukraine.