June 8, 2017

A Project Giving a Chance to Eastern European Countries?


In Kyiv, possible projects of cooperation with the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region have been analyzed

June 8 in the Kyiv club “Our Format”, the participants of a Round Table, organized by the Information Center “Intermarium”, discussed the topic “The Baltic-Black Sea Union: from Myth to Reality”.

The focus was on individual projects of cooperation between the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region, which under certain conditions can unite on the basis of the geopolitical Intermarium Union.

The participants of the Round Table pointed out the necessity for creation of an effective infrastructure union. The first joint projects in the economy, according to experts, could be implemented in the infrastructure spheres — development of roads, oil and gas pipelines, etc. A pool of interstate companies could be created, like those that run gas pipelines. The investor can be, for example, China, who recently has been interested in infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe.

An equally interesting sphere for cooperation in the region, as stressed by the participants of the event, is the security policy and, in particular, the present proposed to create a conditionally named “Anti-Moscow Security Pact”, which could unite the efforts of the military and other security agencies of the countries of the region to counteract threats from the Russian Federation.

On the other hand, the participants of the Round Table believe, the private military company (PMC) of the Blackwater type could be responsible for regional security in Eastern Europe and on the border with Russia. And its shareholders could be precisely the member states of the Baltic-Black Sea Union taking upon themselves the obligations to finance it. NATO or individual countries of the North Atlantic Alliance could also ensure its activities. So, in case of an armed conflict, a private military structure would participate in it, to which Article 5 of the NATO Charter would not be applied.

Among several projects that could be implemented in creating the Baltic-Black Sea Union, the establishment of the Bank of the Intermarium was considered, which, if necessary, would provide loans and bank guarantees. The share in the authorized capital of the banking institution could be distributed in accordance with the GDP size of each member state of the BBSU. Similar projects in other regions have proved their effectiveness.

According to the participants of the Round Table, the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region could implement joint cultural projects, create an Information Center that would monitor the information space, analyze current events and submit proposals, take countermeasures to neutralize threats and strategic measures based on the developed analytical proposals. The information center could be established as a private or public initiative, which in the course of time could become an interstate project.

The Round Table was attended by Oksana Yurynets (People's Deputy of Ukraine, Chairman of the subcommittee on regional and cross-border cooperation between Ukraine and the EU countries of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on European Integration), Oleksandr Nikonorov (analyst of “Team 4 Ukrain” ), Hryhoriy Perepelytsya (Doctor of Political Sciences, Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine) and experts from the “Intermarium” Information Center Yuriy Mindyuk and Yuriy Honcharenko and others.


The “Intermarium” Information Center was established in April 2017 in order to inform the general public about the idea of the Intermarium — the geopolitical union of the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region (Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic countries, potentially — Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Romania and others), which, in case of a possible challenge from Russia, could reliably coordinate their actions, and at best — to conduct joint defense, economic, political activities to defend their sovereignty.