Two-day event features international security experts and analysts
Hybrid Solutions for Security in the Black Sea Region Conference has kicked off in Odesa.
During a two-day event security and defence experts will discuss the main security threats in the Black Sea region and the ways to address them.
The event was organised by NATO, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, German Marshal Fund and Charity Fund 'Prydunav'ya' and brought together more than 60 experts in the defence and security area.
Mikheil Saakashvili, Head of Odesa Region Administration of Ukraine, photo courtesy - Volodymyr Solohub
Dr. Sergei Konoplyov, Director Harvard Black Sea Security Program: "We talk not about hybrid war or hybrid warfare, we're talking about hybrid solutions. This is the time, when we need to think out of the box and bring some solutions and see which solutions could be viable and implemented, which should be discussed later."
The opening panel consisted of the director of Harvard Black Sea security program, chairman of Odesa regional council, ambassadors of the U.S. and Turkey.
In the beginning of the conference Dr. Lada Roslycky, director for strategic communications of Ukraine Today read a letter from a NATO representative and called on the participants to commemorate the victims of the Brussels attacks with a moment of silence.
Dr. Lada Roslycky, photo courtesy - Volodymyr Solohub
During his opening remarks U.S. ambassador to Ukraine mentioned two types of security threats to Ukraine. External and internal one:
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States ambassador to Ukraine: "What happens here in Ukraine will play a critical role in securing what has been a goal of American foreign policy for a quarter century now that is Europe whole, free and in peace equally important is how Ukraine's leaders and its people react to this change. I'm not taking about the use of force, but rather the implementation of deep and lasting reform."
The conference will last for two days and it's organisers hope it will bring Ukraine and the entire Black Sea region one step closer to peace and security.
This is Volodymyr Solohub and Andriy Postavets reporting from Odesa for Ukraine Today
Odesa is a place that can pull UA out of the situation. Investment & business development can do it. pic.twitter.com/SBc3vtwcgw— Lada Roslycky (@LadaRoslycky) March 24, 2016