Fourth forum

MEMORANDUM of Participants of the 4-th Baltic-Black Sea Forum

“Through dialogue to trust and peace”

We, the participants of the 4th Baltic-Black Sea Forum, gathered in Kiev on February 22-23, 2018 for a dialogue on the theme: “Solidarity Security of the Baltic-Black Sea Region Countries as a Consensus Strategy for a Greater Europe”. Our work with the participation of the heads of state of the Baltic-Black Sea space of different years, representatives of science, education and culture, state and public figures was based on organizational and creative cooperation with the National Institute for Strategic Studies of Ukraine and was based on the results of the Kyiv (December 1, 2016), Kaunas (10-12 March 2017) and the Kyiv (June 22, 2017) Forums.

We are grateful to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko for his greetings to the participants of the forum and his support of our platform, focused on purposeful efforts to create mutual understanding and constructive cooperation between people and peoples, regardless of their ethnic characteristics, ideological or religious beliefs.

  1. The participants of the Forum state the deepening of the crisis of regional and global security. The world community has not yet found convincing answers to the awakening of revanchism, expansionism, the scorn of the norms of international law and attempts to affirm the right of the strongest in relations between peoples and states.
  2. The current state of the world order testifies to the inadequacy and ineffectiveness of the basic security mechanisms in the world and in Europe, provided in particular by the UN Charter and the program documents of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  3. The situation in the Baltic-Black Sea region raises concerns about the growing threats of expansionism and interference in the internal affairs of countries in the region, attempts to destabilize sovereign states, waking up national egoism and confrontational behavior patterns of individual leaders and political forces.
  4. These disturbing trends prompt us to search for new approaches to regional security and cooperation between our countries, as well as to the formation of mechanisms for dialogue and collective decisions, in order to confidence-building and more effective counteraction to destructive influences.
  5. The consolidation of the efforts of the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region in the face of growing threats and challenges is possible on the basis of recognition of common values and interests, and also in the context of the determination to protect and assert them in today’s difficult conditions.
  6. Commitment to the values of humanism, freedom, human and national dignity is the fundamental basis of our identity, encourages us to cooperate and gives the determination to confront common threats.
  7. We see the Central and Eastern Europe region in the future as a bulwark of European and Euro-Asian stability and security, one of the leaders of world development, the center of cultural diversity and the environment of harmonious inter-ethnic and inter-confessional interaction. This is our common interest and civilizational perspective.
  8. Respect for the national identity and state sovereignty of our nations is one of the important components of our common cultural and historical experience. This should be taken into account when implementing any integration projects and strategies, planning and organizing joint actions, as well as in the context of representing the interests of the region.
  9. We call upon the state and public forces of the countries represented in the framework of our Forum to unite in the issue of ensuring security and development of the region, both bilaterally and in multilateral formats.

We define our mission today as a duty and obligation to create a new European creative strategy, which is possible only on the basis of a conscientious understanding and understanding of our joint long history and maintaining responsibility for our a decent new European and global future. The purpose of our Forum is to cultivate a dialogue of ideas and people, generations and world views, peoples and nations, cultures and civilizations.

Gennady Burbulis, Secretary of State of the RSFSR (1991-1992)

Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia (2007-2011)

Alexander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005)

Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania  (1996-2000)

Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (1991-1994)

Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994-2005)

Vytautas Landsbergis, Head of the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas (1992, 1996-2000)

Peter Luchinsky, President of Moldova (1996-2001)

Arnold Ruutel, President of Estonia (2001-2006)

Peter Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria (1997-2002)

Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia (1999-2004)

Stanislav Shushkevich, Head of the Supreme Council of Belarus (1991-1994)

Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010)