Voices from NATO’s Eastern Flank
On June 2, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Warsaw hosted a discussion panel within the framework of the Wales to Warsaw project entitled ‘Voices from NATO’s Eastern Flank’ organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Romania to Poland, and under the auspices of The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST).
The event focused on the existence of the possibility to reconfigure the cooperation in NATO’s Eastern Flank and with the Eastern Partnership states in the context of the ongoing involvement of Russia in Ukraine. It featured speakers and participants from NATO, the EU, as well as government and think tank representatives. The introductory remarks were delivered by Ovidiu Dranga, the ambassador of Romania to Poland and Marek Szczygieł, the ambassador of Poland in Romania. They both have spoken about the essential role of NATO’s Eastern Flank after the Riga Summit and the need for more profound co-operation toward greater stability and security in the region.
The first discussion session focused on strengthening NATO’s Eastern Flank members and partners such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia prior to the NATO Summit in Warsaw in June 2016. Discussants examined NATO’s activities to increase the security in the region after Russian aggression in Ukraine, and shared their national perspectives on NATO’s commitment to react in case of military conflict in one of the NATO’s Eastern Flank allies. Panel two brought together experts to discuss the involvement of the EU in the Black Sea Region within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy. Panelists discussed the EU’s lack of a firm response on issues concerning the region and the EU’s vague message toward Eastern Partnership states delivered at the Riga Summit.
The event was concluded with a policy dinner at the Embassy of Romania.