The security situation of and around Belarus

Event within the frames of final workshop of KAS-Martens Centre Discussion Club 2017

November 25 Saturday

Event fully booked


November 25, 2017


Vilnius, Lithuania


Werner Fasslabend, Nikolas Novaky, Yauheni Preiherman, Anna Bulakh, Vilius Ivanauskas,Diana Potjomkina, Stefano Braghiroli



The military exercise “Zapad 2017” took place on September 14-20, 2017 on the territory of Belarus and Russia. In the West the exercise brought additional public attention on the role of Russia in the European Union’s neighborhood.

Also available in Deutsch

The EU member states that are in the closest neighborhood to Russia and Belarus raised concerns about their security and the temporary intensified Russian troops concentration almost at the state's’ borders.

The security context in the region has changed significantly in the recent years: Russia has seized and annexed Crimea; it has supported the conflict in eastern Ukraine with weapons, training and, at least for periods, its own combat units.

Russia is thus seen by several NATO countries as a challenge for their security, having led inter alia to rotating reassurance troops of NATO in the Baltics and Poland. In EU’s perception Russia is putting at risk regional stability and international cooperation as well as basic understandings of international law, leading currently to intensified integrated defense approaches and a discussion of the establishment of standing combined EU forces.

The expert discussion will analyze this development and add a forecast element on potential future developments.

Special attention will be put on Belarus - which is on the one side Russia’s strategic partner, but on the other side positions itself as a partner for regional stability. Which role can be expected from Belarus in the future to reduce tensions between Russia and the West?


Contact person

Dr. Wolfgang Sender

Leiter des Auslandsbüros Belarus

Dr. Wolfgang Sender
Phone + 370 52 629475
Fax + 370 52 122294
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ русский


Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative The Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC)