The Black Sea region plays a major role for the security of the entire Alliance, and a united approach of NATO, with deterrence and defense measures across the Eastern Flank, is needed to respond to the vast spectrum of classical and emerging threats.
The conclusion of the event ‘The Greater Black Sea Region: Competition for Sea Control or Sea Denial‘ organized on February 14th by the New Strategy Center and Center for European Policy analysis (CEPA) from the US, in the margins of the Munich Security Conference, points to the vital need for allies and partners in the region to develop an integrated strategy for the Black Sea. The presence of frozen conflicts, the stakes of energy resources, the trade routes between Asia and Europe, the danger of contagion to the Balkans, but also the link to events in the Middle East make the Black Sea region an area of utmost importance for the security of Europe and NATO. The current situation requires the members of the Alliance of solidarity and full homogeneity in action, from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
During the debate moderated by Lieutenant General (ret) Ben Hodges, former Commander of the US Army Europe, participated Mr. Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Nicolae Ciucă, Minister of National Defense of Romania, Mr. Andriy Zagorodnyuk, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Mr. David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia , Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu, Chief of Defense Staff of Romania, Mr. Sorin Ducaru, Director of the European Union Satellite Center (SATCEN) and Honorary Chairman of the Scientific Council of New Strategy Center, as well as diplomats, experts in international relations, journalists and business representatives.