Minister of National Defense Vasile Dincu declared on Saturday that “Romania will not engage in any war at this moment”, but made it clear that the country “must be prepared for the consequences of a potential conflict on the border of Ukraine”.
“Romania will not engage in any war at this moment, it must be prepared only for the consequences of a potential conflict on the Ukrainian border,” Dincu told private broadcaster Digi 24.
He said the authorities don’t expect a “hot war” to set off at this moment.
“We cannot say for sure if there will be a war in Ukraine, because it would be very costly for Russia to do so. Through the voice of Secretary General Stoltenberg, NATO has announced that a military intervention is out of question, because Ukraine is not a member of the Alliance, therefore a military response is not an option. From this point of view, Romania and NATO won’t engage in active military hostilities. Sure, we may witness an economic war and other sorts of combat, an economic blockade if there is a conflict, but at this moment we do not expect a hot war, so to speak,” the Romanian Defense Minister underscored.
Asked if Romania expects a wave of Ukrainian refugees in the next period, Dincu said that the authorities are preparing for this.
“If we look at all sorts of military conflicts, massive migrations to flee war can occur and we too expect that, obviously, even if at first glance some may think that we are not preparing for the possible side effects of a war. We are. At this moment we are ready to provide assistance for migrants, if needed. It’s a humanitarian duty,” said the National Defense Minister, according to Agerpres.