Ten years since Putin’s ‘Wake-Up Call’ in Munich

Eurasia News Online

President Putin’s speech to the Munich Security Conference ten years ago was “an invitation for discussion” that has been ignored by Germany and other Western countries to their detriment, former German ambassador Frank Elbe told Sputnik Deutschland

Ten years ago this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a speech at the Munich Security Conference which criticized several aspects of the US-led order of international relations that had emerged over the past two decades.

The speech laid out Russia’s concerns about a “unipolar,” dangerously high-handed approach to international relations, disdain for basic principles of international law, and the dangers of rising global inequality.

Putin criticized a US-led “almost uncontained hyper use of force – military force – in international relations, a force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.”

He also warned the West that for its own wellbeing, it must make greater efforts to find a reasonable balance in international relations, including the struggle against poverty.

“Let’s say things as they are – one hand…

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