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Conclusion of the Bucharest Format meeting of Foreign Ministers from nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe: NATO doors remain open to all democracies sharing its values

Several states of Central and Eastern Europe underscore the importance of NATO’s “open door” policy, as one of the most successful Euro-Atlantic policies, and says that the doors of the North-Atlantic Alliance remain open to all democracies sharing its values and contributing to the security of the North-Atlantic area.

This represents, according to a press release the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday, one of the conclusions of the meeting of foreign ministers from Central and Eastern Europe – the Bucharest Format, attended by the foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and high level representatives from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Bulgaria.

“This meeting took place at an important moment for the transatlantic relations. Today, our countries are facing an unseen set of security challenges, including Russia’s actions to undermine the European security architecture, and the instability in the Middle East and North of Africa, which contribute, among others, to unregulated migration and terrorism. In this context, the ministers highlighted the need for NATO to carefully monitor the developments in the entire Euro-Atlantic space, mainly those in the region stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea,” the cited source points out.

During the meeting, the ministers agreed that the “complete and undelayed” implementing of the decisions made in Warsaw must remain one of the main priorities of NATO. The representatives of the nine states voiced the determination to continue getting actively involved in this respect, acting firmly for the support of allied solidarity and unity, thus consolidating even more the vital transatlantic connection.

At the same time, they hailed the progress recorded so far and reiterated they are prepared to contribute to further adapting NATO.

“The ministers underscored the essential importance of the advanced consolidated and adapted presence in the land, sea and air areas on the eastern flank, as part of the collective effort of strengthening NATO’s defence and deterrence posture. The ministers voiced their gratitude to the allies who have assumed the role of framework-nations, as well as to the allies who contribute to these efforts and have encouraged additional contributions. At the same time, the ministers underscored the need for the full implementing of the adaptation measures under NATO’s action plan for increasing the operational capacity, adopted in the 2014 Wales Summit,” the release also reads.

Moreover, the states present in the meeting voiced the strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as for the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova and its European aspirations. They also reiterated the respect for the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Georgia and the full support for its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

During the meeting, MAE adds, there was voiced the openness to dialogue with Russia, under the framework established through the Warsaw Summit decisions. On the other hand, the foreign ministers underscored “the disproportionate nature of the Russian intervention in Syria, which undermined even more the regional and international security.”

In context, the ministers reconfirmed the determination to continue contributing to the anti-ISIL global coalition.

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