Virtual seminar about the Belarusian border crisis

Internal Security Institute of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences of will organize on 22nd of February 2022 a virtual seminar "Lessons from the Belarusian Border Crisis".

The aim of the seminar is to create a platform to exchange information and thoughts about the threats to the Baltics and Poland following the Belarusian border crisis. At the event, representatives from Latvian, Lithuanian, and Polish border guards will share their experiences about the border crisis that occurred in 2021 and describe the events at respective borders. In addition, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board representative will provide an overview of Estonia's readiness to cope with a similar crisis.

The seminar is moderated by junior research fellow Jaanika Puusalu. 

                                                                                                  AGENDA *

10.00 – 10.05 

Opening remarks/ introduction 

Moderator Jaanika Puusalu 

10.05 – 10.35 

Raporteur - Supporter or Disturber

Tarmo Kohv

Inspector General


Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

10.35 – 11.05 

Challenges of Instrumentalized Migration Crisis

Ringo Ringvee

Advisor at Religious Affairs Department

Estonian Ministry of the Interior

11.05 – 11.35 

Migration Crisis on Latvian  - Belarusian State Border

Stanislavs Makarevičs

Chief inspector of the Border Surveillance Unit

Latvian State Border Guard Operational Management Board

11.35 – 11.45 


11.45 – 12.15 

Migration Crisis  - Lessons Learned

Saulius Nekraševičius

Head of the Border Control Organisation Board

Lithuanian State Border Guard Service

12.15 – 12.45 

Migration Crisis on Polish - Belarusian State Border

Artur Żukowski

Deputy Director of the Border Management Department

Polish Border Guard HQ

12.45 – 13.15 


Diplomatic Perpective on the Border Crisis with Belarus

Mart Tarmak

Counsellor, Estonian Embassy in Vilnius

13.15 – 13.30 

Conclusions of the seminar 

* Organizers have a right to make changes in the Agenda

The working language of the event is English, and it will take place in the MS Teams starting at 10.00 (local/EET time). We will open a virtual access seminar room at 9.30.

Pre-registration is also required to participate in the event. 

Registration is closed!

As the seminar takes place in the MS Teams environment, please make sure that the program is running on your computer/smart device and download the app if necessary.

We will send a link to the event and more detailed information to all registrants by e-mail the day before the seminar.

The event will be recorded, to watch the video, please contact the organizers via email: triin.piip [at]

Triin Piip
triin.piip [at]