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Ambassador Maior: When Europe is strong, transatlantic partnership is strong, to benefit of EU and US alike. The Black Sea is a test for regional and global security and economic architecture

When the European Union is strong, the transatlantic partnership is strong and to the benefit of both sides: the EU and the US, George Cristian Maior, the Romanian Ambassador in Washington said at a lecture held Wednesday at the Hudson Institute in the US capital, as part of the presentation demarches of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In his presentation, Ambassador George Cristian Maior highlighted the major challenges during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union: the elections to the European Parliament, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, the negotiations for the EU budget for the next seven years. The diplomat noted that all these issues are also important for the United States because “the European and the American destinies have always been interconnected”.

“Transatlantic cooperation is based on sharing the same values, with a huge positive past and great potential,” Maior said, adding that “More US involvement is needed in Europe, based on the transatlantic partnership, the Initiative of the Three Seas being an opportunity that presented itself presented at the summit in Bucharest, where the first business forum was launched.” He also referred to the main event of the EU Presidency, the Summit on the Future of Europe, to be held in Sibiu on May 9, 2019, informs the Romanian Embassy in the United States in a statement released on Wednesday.

The Romanian official also stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership, at its tenth anniversary this year and will be the subject of a high-level conference in May. He showed that Romania’s desire is for the Partnership to be successful, so that the partner countries become safer, more democratic and more prosperous. The Romanian Ambassador also showed the importance of the European Union’s support for the Western Balkan countries and the need to develop concrete responses to the European aspirations of these countries.

As regards the Black Sea region, Ambassador George Maior has emphasized the challenges and threats that need to be addressed and have transformed the area, starting with the 2008 Georgia war and continuing with the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“The Black Sea is a test for regional and global security and economic architecture from the point of view of freedom of navigation, international law or the promotion of economic opportunities,” said George Cristian Maior.

Responding to a question from the international press, the Romanian ambassador explained that the ballistic missile defense system installed in Romania is part of NATO’s defense system and is a purely defensive one, designed to deal with the Middle East ballistic missile threats, and with no connection to Russia. Unfortunately, in Russia’s official speech it (the missile defense system , ed.n.) is presented as offensive, but it is a defensive system both technically and legally, George Cristian Maior specified.

The event was opened by Kenneth Weinstein, president and CEO of the Hudson Institute, and moderated by Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead, enjoying the presence of more than a hundred people, representatives of the American administration, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in the US capital, representatives of the international media and academia.

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