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January 27, 2023

Aurescu: Any threat to Romania is in fact a threat to NATO

Any threat to Romania is in fact a threat to NATO, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu said on Sunday.

He referred to recent tensions in the Black Sea region and stressed that NATO “is the strongest political-military alliance”.

“The fact that Romania is part of this alliance is a guarantee for the security of Romania and its citizens, without any doubt, that is why I told you that there is no danger for Romania and its citizens during this crisis that took place in the past days. But we have to be very clear here: any threat to Romania is in fact a threat to NATO and we take these issues seriously,” the head of Romanian diplomacy told Antena 3 TV station.

He also spoke about a recent message posted on the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest.

“I briefly read a reaction that the Russian Embassy posted on Facebook these days and I saw there a kind of warning more or less veiled to Romania of not following in the footsteps of some military adventurers from the NATO leadership. It is unfortunate that it is not yet known within the Russian diplomacy that, 17 years after Romania’s accession to NATO, that Romania is NATO,” Bogdan Aurescu said.

He emphasized that “Romania is NATO, we participate in decision-making within NATO, we do not follow anyone in NATO, because we are part of the decision within the North Atlantic Alliance, which at the same time is nothing else but a defensive alliance.”


The announcement made by the Russian Federation also shows that the heavy equipment remains deployed


The recent announcement by the Russian Federation on withdrawal of its troops from around Ukraine also shows that heavy defence equipment remains on the ground and could be used “in a second or more iterations of this event,” Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Sunday.

He spoke on Antena 3 about Russia’s announcement on the withdrawal of its troops deployed in and around Ukraine, pointing out that evaluations must be made and steps taken for de-escalation.

“In fact, the announcement made by the Russian Federation also shows that the heavy equipment remains deployed, which is still a sign of concern; on the one hand because it means that it could be used in a second or more iterations of this event that took place in the Black Sea region, secondly, it shows that the equipment is not left alone, obviously, which means that in any case, even if this withdrawal takes place, it will not be a total one,” said the head of the Romanian diplomacy.

He added that what his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba said in Bucharest on Friday, namely that those bans that the Russian Federation has introduced on maritime navigation on certain portions of the Black Sea remain, to which an air ban in certain sectors of the Black Sea is added.

At the same time, Aurescu mentioned his discussions at a meeting on Friday with his Turkish and Polish counterparts.

“There are elements of concern that justify this approach of ours, including in this trilateral summit, and the fact that we had this event in Bucharest shows the seriousness with which we focus on regional developments,” Aurescu said.


The move made by Moldovan Parliament on Friday disregards Constitutional Court independence


The statement approved on Friday by the Chisinau Parliament, according to which the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova would “usurp” state power, “shows contempt” for the independence of the Court, said the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu.

“On Friday, we witnessed an unfolding of events that is very worrying, because it was a move made in Parliament in contempt of the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, an attempt to intimidate the Constitutional Court, to change the composition of the Constitutional Court by a vote annulling the appointment of the current president of the Constitutional Court, which appointment was made in 2019, through a totally unconstitutional “procedure,” and also an attempt to give a vote of no confidence to three judges of the Constitutional Court,” he told Antena 3 private television station.

He described the move as unconstitutional.

“We understand the very important stakes of such a move, but it is unconstitutional, it disregards the independence of the Constitutional Court which is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and has been condemned as such by the European Union, state embassies of the European Union, the US Embassy in Chisinau, and the Romanian Embassy, which I instructed to issue a statement,” said the head of the Romanian diplomacy.

At the same time, he said that the approach adopted by the Chisinau Parliament shows the importance that should be given to the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova and “the importance of avoiding any decisions or steps that call into question the rule of law.”

“I also noticed that the Venice Commission issued an opinion in this case, which is extremely clear in emphasizing that any kind of attack on the Constitutional Court, any kind of non-acceptance of the decisions of a Constitutional Court, including in this case, it is a violation of the rule of law,” the Romanian Minister underscored.

He also said that Romania’s ambassador to Chisinau, Daniel Ionita, had been “unjustly subjected to attacks recently.”

“There is nothing true about what was said in these attacks, that Ambassador Ionita would not have been supported by Bucharest. On the contrary, I answer that he is an excellent diplomat, that he enjoys all my support and that “he was not called to Bucharest to be “scolded.” On the contrary, I called him to attend the meetings that President Maia Sandu had last week,” Bogdan Aurescu said.


Compiled from Agerpres

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