The three Foreign Ministers signed, in a first for this format, a Joint Statement
The Romania-Poland-Turkey Trilateral is working very well, and its relevance and usefulness have increased significantly, contributing in its 9 years of existence to strengthening the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as to ensuring the security of the eastern flank, at the Black Sea included, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu told the plenary session of the Romania-Poland-Turkey Trilateral Summit, which he attended together with his counterparts Zbigniew Rau and Mevlut Cavuoglu. At the conclusion of the session the three Foreign Ministers signed, in a first for this format, a Joint Statement.
“Thank you, on this occasion again, for accepting this visit to Romania for us to continue our effective Romania-Poland-Turkey three-way dialogue on security issues. Our discussions of last night and today have been substantial and very useful, I would say that they were excellent, and they are reflected in the Joint Statement we just signed. (…) I would like to thank my colleagues Mevlut and Zbigniew for their openness during the negotiations on our Statement, which is a first for our format, proving once again how much our trilateral cooperation has advanced,” said Bogdan Aurescu.
The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs brought to mind that in 2009, when he had the idea of creating this format, in his then capacity as Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs, he did not think that the Trilateral would become so necessary.
“Today I can say without hesitation that this Trilateral, which started to be very active in 2012, (….) works very well, and its relevance and usefulness have increased significantly, contributing in its 9 years of existence to reinforcing the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as to ensuring the security of the eastern flank, at the Black Sea included,” Aurescu said.
“The special interest topics remain participation in the NATO multinational structures hosted by the 3 states, the implementation of the allied decisions, with emphasis, from Romania’s perspective, on the package of measures on the Black Sea security agreed at NATO level, but also support for eastern partners. Also, we decided for our embassies and missions abroad to deepen trilateral cooperation and coordination on security,” the Romanian diplomat also said.
“In the context of the Russian troops build-up, we discussed in detail, already yesterday evening, the recent worrying security developments in and around Ukraine, as well as further development prospects, as well as de-escalation and defusing measures, including concrete ways to support Ukraine. Yesterday’s announcement on the withdrawal of Russian troops, which is a move in the right direction, does not change the need to continue the analysis of the causes of this very tense situation, to identify de-escalation measures and to avoid similar situations in the future,” said Aurescu.
“We approached the very important developments that have taken place recently at NATO level, as well as those that will take place this year. In this regard, the operational and conceptual contributions of Romania, Poland and Turkey to NATO actions in the region are and remain essential. Today too we had very substantive discussions, we reviewed the results of the main NATO developments, the recent ministerial meetings, we discussed follow-up actions, we approached the preparation of the NATO Summit on June 14 this year, which is very important because it will allow us to reaffirm allied unity and solidarity and especially to reinforce a strong transatlantic relationship, which is the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic security. We believe that the 2021 NATO Summit will be a very important milestone in the evolution of the Alliance. We emphasized today that we want NATO to become politically and militarily stronger, an actor with a real global footprint,” Aurescu said.
“We also highlighted the importance of further strengthening the allied deterrence and defense posture on the eastern flank, including in its south, especially in the light of security developments in the Black Sea region and in general, in the light of the progressive consolidation in recent years of the Russian military presence in the region. We also supported the consolidation of NATO action for promoting resilience and innovation, highlighting the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center Romania is setting up and which will become operational in the coming months. We invited both Poland and Turkey, as well as other allies and partners, to participate with us in the development of this Center. We emphasized the special importance Romania attaches to the NATO 2030 strategic reflection process and in this line, we expressed appreciation for the activity of NATO’s Secretary General. We want a new NATO strategy concept that reflects current realities,” Aurescu said.
Polish ForMin Rau: Regular meetings among our countries give unique perspective on NATO’s role in these turbulent times
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Zbigniew Rau declared on Friday, after the plenary session of the Romania-Poland-Turkey Trilateral Meeting on security issues, that the regular meetings among the three countries give a unique perspective on NATO’s role in these “turbulent times”, when there are “traditional and new threats” affecting the transatlantic community.
Regular meetings among our countries give a unique perspective on NATO’s role in these turbulent times, when we face traditional and new threats affecting our transatlantic community. Today and yesterday we discussed several aspects of our security, in particular what we can do together to strengthen NATO’s response to current challenges and what we can do to strengthen our common cooperation in this regard. First of all, I am pleased that we have confirmed our firm position in several postures, in making NATO the strongest military alliance. It is very important, especially in the context of the NATO Summit in June. We also agreed that we will continue to support, maintain and strengthen the transatlantic tie that remains key to NATO and is crucial to our common defense and international security. In addition, we reaffirmed our strong commitment to stability and security in the region, from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. I am glad that our three countries have the same strong position on maintaining NATO readiness on the eastern flank, said Zbigniew Rau.
He noted that the trilateral has not only a political dimension, “but also a military one” and announced that “a military contingent will soon be operational in Turkey”.
In a few minutes we will resume our meetings with two very important NATO partners – Georgia and Ukraine, both of which stand by the challenges facing NATO today. Russia’s extraordinary military activities on the border with Ukraine and Crimea are of concern to us. These are part of a wider pattern of destabilizing activities by Russia in the region. Let’s hope they stop soon. We hope to take advantage of our meeting to voice our solidarity and support for Ukraine and Georgia. We also talked about potential actions aimed at strengthening NATO’s activity and their resilience to help bring them even closer to NATO’s aspirations, Poland’s foreign minister further affirmed.
Turkish ForMin Cavusoglu: The Black Sea region is our common home and must be kept away from tensions
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, declared on Friday that the Black Sea region is “our common home” and must be “kept away from tensions”.
Yesterday [Thursday – ed.n.], together with Bogdan Aurescu [Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister], I addressed the panel regarding the strategic partnership we have. Our relations are an example for the whole region. (…) This is not only a forum for discussion, but it has also produced many cooperation projects and today we exchange ideas related to NATO ministries and the NATO Summit in June. Today I want to emphasize the importance of unity and solidarity. The Black Sea region is our common home and we need to make sure that this region is kept away from tensions. We are all concerned about recent developments, but we have received promising news recently and we hope that dialogue and diplomacy will prevail. There are other pressing issues that we need to address, Afghanistan, NATO and the NATO Summit and we have discussed all these issues and we will continue to coordinate our policies, said Mevlut Cavusoglu, after the plenary session of the Romania -Poland-Turkey Trilateral Meeting on Security.
He added that the initiative on the trilateral meeting began 9 years ago, and its 10th anniversary will be celebrated next year in Turkey.
Aurescu: Talks with Georgian, Ukrainian Ministers, reaffirmation of support for these countries’ sovereignty
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, declared on Friday, within a special session of the Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral, where the heads of diplomacy from Georgia and Ukraine were invited to attend, that this meeting will highlight the “firm” commitment of Bucharest for continuing the assistance granted to the two countries for consolidating the defence capacities and will reiterate the support for their European and Euroatlantic aspirations.
“I also discussed about our partners – Georgia and Ukraine. This year, for the first time in the trilateral dialogue format, at Romania’s initiative, I invited out counterparts of Tbilisi and Kiev and we will meet with them in the following hours. I am convinced that we will have a substantial dialogue. Therefore, Romania hosts these days four Foreign Ministers in Bucharest, Romania’s important partners. The talks will be in the 3+2 format, which will be a good opportunity to reaffirm the support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two states within their internationally recognized borders,” Aurescu said, at the end of the plenary session of the Romania-Poland-Turkey Trilateral.
He added that he will highlight Romania’s firm commitment for continuing the assistance for Georgia and Ukraine, for consolidating the defence capacities of these states, for increasing resilience in front of the challenges and threats they are facing.
“Furthermore, I will reiterate the support for the European and Euroatlantic aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine, at the same time with encouraging the two partners to continue the reform process in this sense,” Bogdan Aurescu highlighted.
Compiled from Agerpres