VILNIUS SECURITY FORUM 2019

(dedicated to NATO’s 70th anniversary)

 

International Conference

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

 

22 March 2019

Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius

Conference Summary

The conference began with welcome addresses by Vytautas Bakas, Chair of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence, and Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

In his welcome address, Mr. Bakas expressed his appreciation for this impactful international event organised by Lithuania on the initiative of active citizens and experts. He was grateful for the opportunity to discuss an array of important issues on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of NATO and the 15th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership of NATO.

Mr. Bakas stressed that one of today’s pressing goals was to respond to Russia’s ongoing hybrid warfare, a significant threat to the stability of Western democracies and their political systems. He highlighted that Russia was waging its hybrid warfare through use of a full arsenal of wide-ranging measures, including ‘economic and energy pressure, attempts to exert influence through information and propaganda, cyberattacks, and intelligence operations.’ Energy blackmail and interference in domestic policies were but a few of the many instruments identified by Mr. Bakas that were pursued by the Kremlin through corporations and enterprises under its control. These measures are employed in an attempt to change the geopolitical vector of sovereign states.

 

Horizontalus VSF logotipas

Patron of the Forum

Chief of Defence of Lithuanian Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas

 

March 20 – 22

2019

Vilnius

20 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Bios of the speakers of the Vilnius Security Forum 2019

 

Time

Event

Event

Time

 

Baltic Military Conference

   

1100 - 1150

Registration

   

1150 - 1700

Baltic Military Conference

   

1700- 1800

Break

Break

 

1730-1930

Dinner

 

21 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

0830 -17.30

Baltic Military Conference

Crisis Scenario based discussion ”MIRROR”

1015 - 1730

1000 - 1600

Private interviews with the media in accordance to the separate roster

I Round

 

1015-1300

   

Lunch

1300-1400

   

II Round

1400-1555

   

Debrief/Wrap up

1555-1615

   

Strategy for Securing “Democracy Against Hybrid War”

(lecture/discussion)

Mr. Andrius Kubilius, parliamentarian, former Prime Minister, Republic of Lithuania.

Mr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas, parliamentarian, Republic of Lithuania

1615-1730

 

Dinner

1800-1930

 

Night Owl session

“Baltic Security Policy”

1930 -2100

 

 

22 March

Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, Gedimino Ave 53, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

0900 -17.00

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Press Conference

1000 1100

 

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