Lessons for the Baltic Sea Region from the War in Ukraine

The Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD), 21 September 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia

Venue: Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)


Tuesday, 20 September


19.00-22.00 Welcoming dinner (at the Nordic Hotel Forum)

Address by Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia


Wednesday, 21 September


09.00-10.30 Keynote Session: Lessons for the Baltic Sea Region from the War in Ukraine

Introduction by:

Martin Hurt, Director of ABCD 2022

Keynote remarks by:

Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Defence of Estonia

Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine (online)

Thomas Hitschler, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany

Angus Lapsley CMG, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning

The session is chaired by Gudrun Dometeit, Head of Foreign Desk, Focus Magazine


10.30-10.50 Coffee break


10.50-12.20 Session One: Security and defence policy related implications

Alice Guitton, Director General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry for the Armed Forces of France

Rachel Ellehuus, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO

Øystein Bø, Special Representative for Nordic and Baltic Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

Robert Dalsjö, Director of Research, Department for Defence Analysis, Swedish Defence Research Agency

Matti Pesu, Leading Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

The session is chaired by Alice Billon-Galland, Research Fellow, Chatham House


12.20-12.45 Coffee break


12.45-14.15 Session Two: Military lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Michael Claesson, Lieutenant General, Chief of Joint Operations, Swedish Armed Forces

Stanisław Czosnek, Major General, Land Component Commander, Polish Armed Forces

Hennadii Shapovalov, Brigadier General, Chief of the General Directorate of Military Cooperation, Armed Forces of Ukraine

The session is chaired by Veiko-Vello Palm, Major General, Deputy Chief of Defence of Estonia


14.15-14.25 Concluding remarks

Kusti Salm, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia


14.25-… Informal lunch in hotel restaurant