On November 17, the Sofia Security Forum, with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and in partnership with the NATO Center of Excellence for Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR COE) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom hosted the International Conference “Strategic Rethinking: New NATO’S Strategic Concept and the EU’S Strategic Compass”.

The main objective of the conference was to discuss the risks and challenges to regional and global security and the responses of NATO and the EU.
On this occasion, Ambassador Gheorghe Magheru, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center, participated as a speaker in the “Addressing the challenges in the Black Sea region and beyond” panel, where he emphasized the geostrategic importance of Snake Island and the vital significance of it in the current security context.

Reference was made to the energy potential of the Black Sea offshore area, the dangers to freedom of navigation, the role the island plays in maintaining Ukraine’s export corridor, between Odessa and Istanbul, through which grain is supplied to the entire world. In this context, Romania’s actions in supporting Ukraine’s exports through the Danube ports and the Black Sea were also highlighted, with Ukraine delivering over 6.5 million tons via this route.