Centre for Defence Strategies

Black Sea security is a mirror of global security: the second day of the security conference

The second day of the Black Sea Security Conference is underway in Bucharest. Today, the event began with welcoming remarks by the Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Romania.

Later, the first panel discussion “Lessons Learned: The Russian Federation’s Full-scale Invasion of Ukraine, Its Multidimensional Impact and Lessons for the Democratic World” began. Ministers and government officials from all over the world shared their thoughts, observations and forecasts.

The experts’ conclusions are unanimous: Ukraine’s security and victory in the war against Russia are guarantees of security for the entire democratic world.

“Putin must lose. And the victory over the evil spread by Russia means returning all of its territory to Ukraine, including all of Crimea,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.

In her turn, Simona Cojocaru, State Secretary of the Ministry of National Defense of Romania, emphasized that the international community must demonstrate unity and strength in the world, as the risk of Russian aggression has not disappeared.

During the discussion, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas emphasized that it is the task of each country to explain to its citizens that the issue of rising gas prices or social problems should take a back seat when it comes to supporting Ukraine. Such support should continue in the postwar years.

In turn, Maria Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, spoke about the steps taken by the Council of Europe together with the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to document and collect all the evidence of Russian aggression in Ukraine, violations of international law and war crimes.

Anatolie Nosatîi, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Moldova, emphasized that the international community needs improved logistics, infrastructure and economic capacity to be able to sustain for a long time.

Simone Möller, State Secretary of Defense of Germany, emphasized that Russia wanted not only Ukraine, it wanted to destroy the world. Therefore, unity is a value:” Only by uniting can we resist aggression and provide support.”

“Sea routes and ports are of central strategic importance, and we can consider the Black Sea region as an area of high strategic security and geopolitical importance, which is a bridge between Europe, Asia and the Middle East,” said Tobias Bilstrom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

Officials from Croatia, Japan, and Uruguay also joined the discussion. The discussion lasted more than two hours.