Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca had a meeting on Wednesday at the Victoria Palace with his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis on a visit to Bucharest, on which occasion the two high officials reiterated their countries’ “strong” support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The two heads of Executive “strongly” condemned Russia’s new violation of the international law by recognizing the so-called independence of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk and the aggression against Ukraine by other Russian troops, which entered this state.
“Given the complicated security context in our immediate vicinity, the security situation in the Black Sea region and at the borders of Ukraine could not be missing from the agenda of our meeting, for this is an important and topical issue. I strongly condemn Russia’s new violation of the international law, of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, by recognizing the so-called independence of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, and the aggression against Ukraine by the other Russian troops that entered the territory of this state,” Ciuca stated.
At the end of the talks, Prime Minister Ciuca held a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He added that he had also discussed with his Greek counterpart about the continuation of the coordination at the NATO level in strengthening the security of NATO’s Eastern flank, as well as about the appropriate response measures.
“In this context, we reiterated the strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Diplomatic efforts are intense, and both Romania and Greece support them by all means and in all available formats,” Nicolae Ciuca said.
Greek Prime Minister: Russia’s actions, expressions of revisionism that threaten global stability
The Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, present in Bucharest on Wednesday, said that Russia’s actions violate international law, the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the Minsk agreements, constituting expressions of revisionism that endanger security and global stability.
“My visit comes two days after the Russian Federation unilaterally recognized the so-called independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Unfortunately, Russia also sent troops to Ukraine. These are actions that obviously violate international law, the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the Minsk agreements. These are expressions of revisionism that threaten global security and stability. I would like to reiterate that a fundamental principle of Greece’s foreign policy is respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of all states. We condemn without appeal the actions that contravene these values. As an EU and NATO member state, we are coordinating our efforts with our partners so that our response is common and substantial,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a press statement at Victoria Palace.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis added that his country has “one more reason to be anxiously watching” what is happening in eastern Ukraine, where there is also a Greek community.
“Our main concern is to support the Greeks in Ukraine and that is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is constantly in touch with them. The latest developments, of course, raise security and border challenge issues. (…) We in Europe know very well that violence and instability have never helped anyone,” he said.
The Greek prime minister said that his country has taken all necessary measures to ensure that the natural gas supply is carried out safely and continuously. According to him, three conclusions emerge from the current crisis: the importance of green energy, the support of vulnerable consumers and the discussions on the strategic-military autonomy of Europe.
“The transition to the green economy must not be delayed, so that we can help the poorest families to have access to green energy. The energy of the future is green energy, and it is our duty not only to diversify our energy sources, but also to reduce our dependence on natural gas in Russia. Romania has a privileged situation, because it produces natural gas and could extract more gas. In the short term, it is very important at European level to have measures in place to support European consumers. (…) Each country has its own way of dealing with this problem, but it is a European problem – common ways must also be found. I will also present this issue to the European Council. The third conclusion is all this discussion that is taking place at EU level on Europe’s strategic-military autonomy. It is a topic that is becoming more and more urgent,” said the Greek prime minister, according to Agerpres.