New Strategy Center and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), held an event in Washington on the evening of Tuesday, 27th September, to present the study “The Strategic Importance of Snake Island”. The event was held at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador to the US, H.E. Andrei Muraru.
During the discussions, the need to continue supporting Ukraine and to avoid a future recapture of Snake Island by Russian troops was stressed. Located at the mouths of the Danube and close to the shipping corridor between Odessa and Bosphorus, the Snake Island is a vital strategic point for maintaining freedom of navigation and trade in the Black Sea. Its proximity to Romania’s exclusive economic zone, where significant gas reserves have been discovered, demonstrates the importance of this island in Romania’s efforts to alleviate Russian energy pressure in the Balkans, Central Europe, Moldova, and Ukraine.
“The Strategic Importance of Snake Island” is a plea for supporting Ukraine, for the more substantial involvement of the USA and NATO in supporting Romania in the naval field and for promoting the interests of the North Atlantic Alliance in the Black Sea. This paper is part of the New Strategy Center’s efforts to contribute to a better understanding of the regional strategic context and to promote Romania’s security interests and the strategic partnership between Romania and the US.
The event was attended by American officials and experts in the field of security and foreign affairs, former US ambassadors to Romania, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Washington.
New Strategy Center thanks H.E. Andrei Muraru, Ambassador of Romania to the U.S., for his support, and Leviatan for supporting this project.
The study is available at The Strategic Importance of Snake Island