September 20, 2022

Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2022: Lessons for the Baltic Sea Region from the War in Ukraine

The Annual Baltic Conference on Defence will be held in Tallinn on 21 September, with the focus this year on Russia’s war against Ukraine and its consequences for the Baltic Sea countries.

Attending the conference will be Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Defence of Estonia, Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine (video address), Thomas Hitschler, Parliamentary Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany, Angus Lapsley, NATO Assistant Secretary General, Hennadii Shapovalov, Brigadier General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and Rachel Ellehuus, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO.

On the eve of the conference, Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas will be hosting an event to welcome the representatives of NATO, allies and cooperation partners and experts in defence and security policy.

“The Russian war in Ukraine has many consequences, the most important of which is, of course, the tragedy faced by millions of Ukrainians. At the same time, many Europeans have realised that they must prepare for Russian military aggression in their home countries. NATO has taken swift decisions to strengthen its deterrence and defence posture and to reassure its eastern members. On top of that, USA has resumed its strong leadership in ensuring European security, Germany is experiencing a Zeitenwende with an increase in defence spending, and Finland and Sweden have moved promptly to closely align themselves with NATO,” said conference director Martin Hurt of the International Centre for Defence and Security. “These rapid changes have made it necessary to review what we have learned so far and assess the long-term consequences that Russia’s military activities have on our security.”

A total of 200 speakers and guests have been invited to the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2022 “Lessons for the Baltic Sea Region from the War in Ukraine”.

More detailed introduction and conference

The Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2022 is organised by the International Centre for Defence and Security and the Ministry of Defence of Estonia, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Norwegian technology company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. The conference is supported by MBDA, EuroSpike, Nammo, Nexter Group and BAE Systems.

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