President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that Romania strongly condemns Russia’s illegal and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.
“Russia is the aggressor, not the victim,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace after the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT) meeting.
“Unfortunately, this morning, the Russian Federation has chosen the reprehensible and completely illegal path of massive armed violence against an independent and sovereign state. Today, Russia has responded to the international community’s efforts to maintain peace and dialogue with missiles hitting Ukrainian cities and military targets. Today, the Russian Federation has chosen the force of tanks to the detriment of the citizens’ lives. Russia is the aggressor, not the victim, as the Kremlin is trying to prove, and the whole planet is clearly seeing this indisputable truth today. Romania strongly condemns the completely unjustified, illegal and unprovoked aggression of the Russian army against Ukraine, which endangers countless human lives,” said the head of state, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, after the CSAT meeting.
“In recent weeks, the United States, NATO, the European Union and the entire community of democratic states have made every effort to ensure that diplomacy prevails. Romania has been strongly involved in the adoption of all decisions at the Allied and European levels and has always advocated for the continuation of dialogue in order to de-escalate the situation on the borders of Ukraine. But it is never too late for the voice of reason to prevail. The only solution to overcome this serious crisis is the diplomatic one,” Iohannis said.
“No matter how much harm they will try to do, history’s last revisionists must know that the world they want to revive is long gone. We, the democratic nations, are here and we are not taking any steps back in order to protect our values and everything we have built so far,” said President Klaus Iohannis.
Romania will not be drawn into a military conflict in Ukraine
Romania will not be drawn into the military conflict in Ukraine and Romanians must not fear for their safety, stated, on Thursday, President Klaus Iohannis.
“Dear Romanians, I know you are worried about the conflict that is taking place not far from our borders, but I assure you: no Romanian should fear for his safety or the safety of his family,” said the head of state after the session of the Supreme Council for National Defence that took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
In this sense, the head of state evoked Romania’s membership in NATO.
“I want to emphasize very clearly: Romania will not be drawn into the military conflict in Ukraine,” Iohannis assured.
“NATO and European Union membership, the solid Strategic Partnership with the United States of America constitutes an extremely solid security umbrella. Never in our history have we been better protected ahead of any potential aggression,” the President added.
“I assure you that I will take absolutely all measures necessary, together with the Government, the Parliament of Romania and our international allies, in order for the security and safety of Romanian citizens to not be in any way affected,” the President said.
We are prepared for any economic and humanitarian consequences
President Klaus Iohannis declared on Thursday that Romania is prepared for any sort of economic and humanitarian consequences that could be generated by an eventual long-term conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“Ever since January 26, during the Supreme Council for Country’s Defence (CSAT), we analyzed all possible scenarios and took necessary measures so that we will be prepared regardless of how the situation evolves. I even discussed it now during today’s CSAT sitting about the latest developments and measures that need to be immediately taken in order to reply to this major crisis situation. Romania is prepared for any economic and humanitarian consequences which could generate an eventual long-term conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” the head of state said, after the CSAT reunion.
Compiled from Agerpres