President Klaus Iohannis stated, on Monday, at the opening of the Bucharest Format Summit (B9), that the NATO allies on the Eastern Flank must continue consolidation of discouragement and defence, recalling the recent events in Ukraine.
“It’s very relevant and opportune, being only a month before the NATO summit that will be held in Brussels. We are taking into account the recent worrying developments in the region. (…) The Bucharest 9 format proved its added value by sending messages of cohesion between and among all the allies on the Eastern Flank. The discussions were always substantial. I have faith that the meeting today will be another proof in this sense. The further strengthening and deepening of the trans-Atlantic link which still remains the base of our alliance represents an objective that we have in common and I would like to express my particular appreciation for President Biden and the new US administration for the renewed support towards NATO and article 5 of the Washington Treaty. As allies on the Eastern Flank we have to continue consolidating the discouragement factor and the defence factor. Recently, we were all witnesses of the strengthening of Russian Federation forces in the Black Sea area, in Ukraine,” said the head of state.
Iohannis showed that the participation in the meeting of the US President sends a powerful message of trans-Atlantic solidarity and unity before the NATO summit on June 14 and emphasized that the NATO 2030 reflection process must be continued.
“I would like to thank Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his capable coordination and his efforts. We all desire that our alliance be stronger and more relevant at the global level and for this it’s necessary to continue efforts, also by adopting a new strategic concept. All these elements define the very essence of our alliance,” said Iohannis.
Andrzej Duda: We meet amid Defender Europe exercise, true symbol of NATO’s real power
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday at the opening of the B9 Summit in Bucharest that the event takes place during the Defender Europe military exercise, noting that this is a symbol of “NATO’s real power”.
We meet right amid the military application called Defender Europe, which takes place in Romania. The maneuvers involve a total of nearly 28,000 soldiers from 26 states. I am very proud to say that a few hours ago the Polish paratroopers made a landing together with the American soldiers, as part of this military application. It is a true symbol not only of the solidarity of our alliance, but also of the real power of NATO, the Polish president said, according to the official translation.
He also spoke about Romania’s role in organizing the summit in Bucharest.
“Special thanks to President Klaus Iohannis for organizing this meeting. We co-initiated and are hosting this summit together, however, the main credit goes to Romania for organizing this summit,” Duda said.
Stoltenberg: President Biden’s participation in today’s summit demonstrates US’s commitment to strengthening NATO
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday in the opening of the Bucharest Format Summit (B9) that the participation of US President Joe Biden in the event is proof of the United States’ commitment to strengthening the North Atlantic Alliance.
“It is a pleasure to join you and the leaders of the other B9 countries, as well as President Biden, for this important meeting. President Biden’s participation today demonstrates the US’s commitment to rebuilding alliances and strengthening NATO. The NATO Summit next month offers us a unique opportunity to start a new chapter in transatlantic relations, to reinforce the unity between Europe and North America”, said Jens Stoltenberg.
According to him, the June 14 NATO Summit in Brussels will have “an ambitious and forward-looking agenda”.
“In a more unpredictable and competitive world, we must do more together and demonstrate transatlantic solidarity not just in words, but in deeds too. So at the Summit, we will have an ambitious and forward-looking agenda: strengthening our commitment to defend each other, broadening our approach to security, and taking a more global approach, to safeguard the rules-based international order. This meeting today is an important opportunity to take this agenda forward”, the NATO Secretary-General said.
Compiled from Agerpres