Baltic Conference on Defense to focus on future of NATO, threats on northeastern flank

The annual Baltic Conference on Defense to be held in Tallinn on Nov. 10 will this year focus on the future of NATO and threats and challenges on the northeastern flank.

Participants in the conference include Estonian Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet, his Greek counterpart Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, British Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner and commander of NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast, Lt. Gen. Slawomir Wojciechowski.

The conference will be opened by Estonian President Alar Karis [with] representatives of NATO, the allies and cooperation partners and defense and security policy experts….

“….Technological development, civilian crises in addition to military conflicts, the rise of China, aggravating struggle for power – all of this also affects NATO. Russia remains a threat that must not be underestimated and NATO must focus on credible deterrence and military defense,” said director of the conference, Martin Hurt from the International Center for Defense Studies.