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Helsinki Commission to Convene Black Sea Security Summit in Constanta, Romania

Congressional Delegation and Senior Officials from the Black Sea Region to Discuss Ending Russian Aggression, Enhancing Mutual Cooperation

WASHINGTON—On the heels of the 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid, on July 1 the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, will convene its first-ever multilateral dialogue among key regional allies and partners on Black Sea security.

At this historic event on the shores of the Black Sea, members of the U.S. Congress, senior-level government officials from the region, and key international partners will come together in a roundtable format to underscore the critical importance of the Black Sea region to European peace and security, and to establish a sustainable, collective approach to ending Russian aggression and enhancing mutual cooperation.

BLACK SEA SECURITY SUMMIT
A Roundtable Dialogue Hosted by the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Friday, July 1, 2022
1:00 p.m. (UTC+3)

Constanța Art Museum
Constanța, Romania

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/DZskl6-k6No

The Black Sea Security Summit plenary will feature a timely and collaborative exchange across two sessions exploring major themes pertaining to regional security challenges:

  • Session 1: Confronting Russian Aggression
  • Session 2: Relevance of the Black Sea to Euro-Atlantic Security

The Black Sea Security Summit will be chaired by Helsinki Commission Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (MS), who will be joined by a bipartisan delegation of members of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Regional participants include:

  • Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
  • State Secretary Simona Cojocaru, State Secretary and Chief of the Department for Defense Policy, Planning and International Relations, Ministry of Defense of Romania
  • Minister Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine
  • First Deputy Minister Lasha Darsalia, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
  • Deputy Minister Yordan Bozhilov, Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria
  • Ambassador Füsun Aramaz, Ambassador of Turkey to Romania
  • Ambassador Radko Vlaykov, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Romania
  • MP Alexander Goncharenko, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament
  • MP Kaloyan Ikonomov, Member of the Bulgarian Parliament; Chair, Bulgaria – USA Friendship Group
  • Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General of NATO
  • Major General Jessica Meyeraan (USAF), Director of Exercises and Assessments, U.S. European Command

Members of the media must email stuparsa@state.gov in advance to attend this event. Preregistration closes Thursday, June 30, at 12:00 p.m. (UTC+3).

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