The West vs. Russia

The West should help Russian NGOs that can no longer operate freely in Russia and who are now moving to Warsaw, Vilnius and Prague. They deserve our support.

Western states should pay attention to the way in what they establish rights for Russian speaking minorities in Europe. A comfortably integrated Russian minority in the three Baltic States is the single biggest sign of European soft power. We need to find the right balance, and find balance between making sure that these minorities do not serve the purpose of another country, and making sure they feel safe and respected in the countries where they now live.

NATO and the EU are expected to predict what will happen to Russia if its middle class and democratic elites flow out to Europe and resettle there. In the future, it can pose a problem to Russia’s society striped from democratic values and views.


The West have been sending very simple message to Russian elites in 90s and in XXI century that we will close our eyes, on something that you need us to close our eyes, and in return you do for us that and that favor.

Ilya V. Ponomarev Member of the State Duma, Russia | Warsaw Security Forum 2015

In the case of Russian propaganda, the EU and NATO have to address properly the spreading of false information among their communities and public opinion. The best strategy is to fight a war on the enemies’ territory. So, we should help in independent debate inside Russia and in Russian language media space. The Russian speaking independent media must be empowered to represent strife for democratic values and unify structures in the whole region, including Baltic States, Ukraine and Belarus.

The WSF from the very beginning decided not to be the biggest or the most prominent conference on security but to be the most decisive one for government officials, where the EU and NATO countries  an opine and evaluate earlier undertaken commitments and provide recommendations to  forthcoming challenges and threats. WSF2015 as the second edition brought more participants, more discussion panels, and more institutional as well as academic and media partners. It has also deepened the conversation between security policy decision makers and experts in Europe.

Germany has cancelled formally the strategic relationship with Russia and I think this is the most significant lost that Putin has incurred.

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow CUSE/Foreign Policy, USA Warsaw Security Forum 2015.

Western experts should continue working on reports suggesting improvements to our own debate that would be attractive and convincing to Russian viewers. Balance must be achieved when presenting different views and opinions with regard to relations between Western values and Russian ideologies.

All Eyes on the Eastern Flank: The Warsaw NATO Summit in 2016

During the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit, the Alliance should reinvigorate the relevance of article 5. Member states agreed that it is a core article. However, NATO must establish more accurate and relevant decisions making procedures. NATO ought to think how to use, in an effective way, the forces which are deployed in the Alliance’s territories, especially troops stationed in the Eastern Flank.

The beauty of NATO is that this Alliance is permanent, it brings us together and it’s all the time adapting to the new reality. The issues with Ukraine it is not membership, we should not talking about Ukrainian membership today, because it shut down more serious conversation about what we should be doing as the West and as NATO.

Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President Atlantic Council, USA | Warsaw Security Forum 2015.

Member states should deepen their understanding of hybrid threats. Updated manuals for field operations must include new kinds of warfare: hybrid, non-conventional and propaganda tools and find ways to counter them.

NATO must act appropriately, not aggressively. The Alliance must be consistent and respect its own decisions.

All flanks should be accounted and we cannot have only one direction which we concern. I believe that Alliance is able to take this tasks and challenges. I believe that Warsaw Summit will be successful.

Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Lithuania | Warsaw Security Forum 2015.

NATO should respect partners who deserve to be more respected, not only Montenegro but also Georgia and Ukraine. The Alliance ought to let them take more responsibility for European peace and security.

In the face of recent conventional threats coming from the new posture of Russia, we can also observe asymmetrical challenges coming from the Southern neighbourhoods of the Alliance. As a result, West should prepare to respond to both – traditional and
asymmetrical threats.

In the case of the Eastern Flank, it is most important to replace the temporary presence of troops to a permanent one. The Organisation should not forget about the necessity of maintaining a high level of interoperability of NATO troops. The Organisation ought to reawaken an idea of the cooperative security model. NATO should maintain its strategy, especially the cooperative instruments and methods designed for development of its relations with the Russian Federation.