«Threats to the Azov and wider Black Sea region as challenge to international security: consolidation of efforts and ways of de-occupation»

Kyiv International Convention Center Parkovy, Main Hall

Moderator: Alina FROLOVA, Deputy Chairman of the Center for Defense Strategies (Kyiv)

List of Participants:

  • Oleksiy DANILOV, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine;
  • Mircea GEOANA, NATO Deputy Secretary General;
  • Peter HULTQVIST, Minister of Defense of Sweden;
  • Kalle LAANET, Minister of Defense of Estonia;
  • Jeremi QUIN, Minister of State, Minister for Defence Procurement (UK)
  • Volodymyr OGRYSKO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009), Center for Russian Studies.

In 2014 Russia seized not only the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol  but a considerable part of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Recent cases have demonstrated that the security ecosystem in the Azov and Black Sea region cannot be considered separately from the global security context, especially in light of Russian attempts to undermine the international rules-based order. 

The occupation of this region significantly affected the security systems of neighboring regions and the interests of global players. Moreover, this matter concerns not only military threats, but also barriers to economic development of the Azov and Black Sea region and the threats to the international rules-based order in general.

Despite the growing role of the Black Sea region in the current system of international security, there is still a lack of an adequate strategic initiative regarding neutralization of Russian military ambitions as well as elaboration of a transparent and coherent policy on violations of international maritime law by Russia.