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  • 16 June 2018

    Deputy Minister Bartosz Cichocki discussed implications of Russia’s military build up in the Black and Baltic Seas region as well as NATO, regional allies' response in the Black Sea and Western Balkans Security Forum in Constanța, Romania.

    The MFA deputy head took part in the panel “What is next after Crimea? Implications of the militarisation of the Black Sea region for Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean”. He commented on the current security situation in the Black Sea and Baltic regions, especially in the context of the ongoing Russian aggression on Ukraine and the escalating militarisation of Crimea and Kaliningrad Oblast. “The advanced missile and electronic warfare systems and air forces deployed  by Russia to Crimea, the Kaliningrad exclave, and some spots of the Mediterranean are meant to limit NATO’s freedom of manoeuvre and divide Europe into spheres of different security levels. Poland has been actively engaged in the UN, NATO, European Union, and OSCE to ensure the appropriate level of security, transparency, and predictability on the Eastern flank,” said the Polish deputy minister. “We are particularly striving to intensify exercises, expand reinforcements for the Alliance's combat groups in Poland, the Baltic States, and Romania, adapt the command structure, and to enhance military mobility. We are advocating for a new quality of US military presence in the region. We have been taking care of the unity around the EU’s sanctions policy. At the UN and OSCE, we stand up for international law in response to the annexation of Abkhazia, Tskhinvali region, and Crimea, and we have initiated works on confidence-building measures and military transparency". 





    Poland keeps one of the strongest contingents as part of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, it has sought to expand the United Nations presence in the conflict zone, which was discussed recently by the UN Security Council under Minister Jacek Czaputowicz chairmanship.

    The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy also underlined the significance of Poland-Romania partnership, with the Bucharest Nine summit in Warsaw on 8 June as its most recent achievement, and which currently focuses on preparations ahead of the Three Seas summit in Bucharest this September. In the context of the forthcoming NATO summit in Brussels (July 2018), Deputy Minister Cichocki said that it will be important for the Alliance to stress the cooperation with its partners in the Black Sea region. “We should be working closely together with and support Ukraine and Georgia. It is particularly vital to implement the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package and strengthen our partners’ resilience to aggression, including by the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare,” said the deputy minister.

    The Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum was held on 14-16 June in Constanța, Romania. The Forum has quickly risen to become a major platform for debate on regional security, bringing together both representatives of government institutions and academics, analysts, and think-tanks.


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