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President Iohannis to attend migration talks of European Council: “Juncker’s remarks, surprising”

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis will be attending today and tomorrow the autumn summit meeting of the European Council in Brussels that will discuss migration, with him saying that Romania is solidary with the other EU member state in this case.

“It is very clear that this phenomenon has led to complicated situations. It has led to tensions inside the EU, but we are on the right track to find solutions. (…) If we talk about migration, I believe Romania’s stance is well known, but I want to repeat one very important thing: Romania is and wants to continue to be part of the solution, solidary with the other EU member states, with its approaches always grounded in solidarity and responsibility. We will continue to be beside the other member states and contribute to solutions,” Iohannis told a news conference on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He said the summit will discuss aspects of migration that regards security at the EU external borders, as well as matters related to the home countries of migrants and how they can be helped, and transit countries and how to reach joint conclusions with them.


“It is unusual for the president of the EC to make statements on key matters without first harmonising the remarks with the member states”

President Klaus Iohannis said that the recent statement by President of the European Commission Jean Claude-Juncker that the West should treat Russia as an equal is surprising.

“This is a surprising position and I will find more details of it at my meetings at the European Council summit. It is unusual for the president of the European Commission to make statements on key matters without first harmonising the remarks with the member states. That is why prefer finding out what he meant to say and then make a comment,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

The West must “treat Russia properly” and address it as an equal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said last Thursday, criticising US President Barack Obama for labelling Moscow a mere regional power.

“I know from my conversations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that he (does not accept) phrases like when Barack Obama said Russia was a regional power. What does that mean? You can’t talk about Russia like that,” Juncker told a conference in the southern German town of Passau.

“We must, I say frankly, treat Russia properly,” he said, “Russia should be treated as an equal.”


“Russia’s military involvement in Syria complicates situation”

President Klaus Iohannis said that Russia’s military involvement in Syria does not help solve the crisis, but only complicates the situation.

He stressed that Syria is a “very hot spot” and the major source of migration, showing that the solution is peace and all parties involved must work together towards this end.

“In our opinion, Russia’s recent military involvement in Syria does not help solve the crisis, but rather complicates the situation. Negotiation is the only way out of this crisis. All parties involved must be brought to the negotiation table and that’s when solutions will be found. This is Romania’s official stance and we make it known everywhere. It is not simply a theoretical point of view,” President Iohannis declared at the Cotroceni Palace.

He brought to mind that Romania is one of the few countries that kept its personnel at the embassy in Damascus.

“We are not one of the big actors, but through our presence there we can be facilitators in talks that could pave the way to peace in the region,” the President explained.

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