President Klaus Iohannis welcomed, on Tuesday, to the Cotroceni Palace, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, context in which he relayed the firm support of Romania for continuing the European and democratic path of Ukraine. The Romanian-Ukrainian talks in Bucharest took place only days after the meeting between the President Iohannis and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Brussels on the occasion of the informal EU Council.
According to the Presidential Administration, the discussion between the two officials focused especially on the perspective of developing bilateral relations and the evolution of the situation in Ukraine after the signing of the new Minsk Agreement of February 12 regarding a cease-fire in the eastern part of Ukraine.
In that context, President Iohannis expressed hope that the entry into force, on February 15, of an unconditional and comprehensive truce, will be respected by all those involved and will lead to a stabilization of the situation in the region.
“The President of Romania reaffirmed support towards ensuring the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and relayed the firm support of Romania for continuing the European and democratic path of Ukraine”, the Presidential Administration shows.
Furthermore, emphasized was the particular importance for the success of this endeavor of continuing and deepening, by the authorities in Kiev, the internal reform process, especially in the realms of fighting against corruption and consolidating state institutions.
The discussions were also attended by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Bucharest, Teofil Bauer.
Klimkin: Ukraine has no concrete negotiations with Romania for arms’ delivery
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister, Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday said in Bucharest that Ukraine has no “concrete negotiations’ with Romania for now regarding any delivery of arms, yet he specified his country has negotiations in this respect with several states, so that Kiev could purchase armament.
Pavlo Klimkin told a joint news conference with his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu that Ukraine needs new armament “not for having an arsenal”, but for using it to fight terrorism and aggression.
“If, one year ago the army forces of Ukraine were almost nonexistent, today they are pretty capable to face aggression,” the Ukrainian chief diplomat said..