Russia launched early Thursday morning a wide – land, air and naval – invasion against Ukraine, the biggest attack of a state against another state in Europe after the Second World War.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the cessation of the diplomatic relations with Russia.
In the context of the situation in Ukraine, several countries, Romania included, invoked article 4 of the NATO Treaty, which provides immediate consultations among allies, and which applies when one of the allied countries feels threatened.
President Iohannis : A new flagrant infringement of the principles of international law
President Klaus Iohannis condemns in the firmest terms the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
“This conduit, which comes after the illegal recognition by the Russian Federation of the ‘independence’ of the self-proclaimed separatist republics in Donetsk and Luhansk, component parts of Ukraine, represents a new flagrant infringement of the principles of international law, especially of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the inviolability of the borders of this state, as well as the principle of non-use of force in international relations,” mentions the head of state, according to a release of the Presidential Administration.
According to the quoted source, Romania, together with the entire international democratic community, determinedly rejects such an irresponsible behaviour undermining the basis of international relations and the current order in international law.
“Regrettably, despite the intense efforts at the European and Euro-Atlantic level to de-escalate the situation, the Russian Federation, a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council, the forum guaranteeing world peace and security, has chosen the path of use of armed force, in manifest contradiction with the dispositions of the UN Charter. The Russian Federation has proven once again that it is not interested in the offer for constructive and responsible dialogue put forth by the European and Euro-Atlantic Community, but constantly and intentionally sought confrontation and imposing by force its claims, subsumed to the outdated logic of so-called spheres of influence. Romania draws attention that the Russian Federation must bear the consequences of this profoundly illegal act. In full coordination with its allies and partners within NATO and the EU, Romania will impose firm and substantial measures in response,” said the head of state.
In context, President Klaus Iohannis expressed full solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people faced with the aggression of the Russian Federation and reaffirmed Romania’s full support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Furthermore, the Romanian president requests the immediate, integral and unconditional cessation of Russian military aggression, the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine and the cessation of any pressure on Ukraine.
On these bases, the President appeals to responsibility, to avoiding the loss of human lives and the infringement in any way of the safety of civilians. “Romania is ready to offer humanitarian aid to Ukraine. At the same time, Romania warns against any hostile actions towards the members of the Romanian community in Ukraine and is ready to grant the necessary support,” shows the quoted release.
At the same time, Klaus Iohannis ensures all Romanian citizens on Ukrainian territory that Romania, including through its diplomatic and consular missions, is ready to offer the necessary consular assistance.
No citizen of Romania has any reason to fear. President Klaus Iohannis emphasizes that citizens of Romania, as a member-state of the North Atlantic Alliance, benefit fully from the most ample security guarantees in its history,” the Presidential Administration’s release mentions.
President Klaus Iohannis convenes Supreme Council of National Defense
President Klaus Iohannis has convened the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT).
The CSAT meeting will take place on Thursday, at 11:00, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
According to the Presidential Administration, the agenda of the meeting includes the implications for Euro-Atlantic security in the context of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine.
At the end of the CSAT meeting, President Klaus Iohannis will make a press statement.
PM Ciuca: Russian invasion of Ukraine, illegal act of aggression
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca condemns the Russian Federation’s decision to invade Ukraine, calling it an “illegal act of aggression” and stresses solidarity with the Kiev government, while reiterating the priority of protecting Romanian citizens on Ukrainian territory.
“Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which is an illegal act of aggression, contrary to the principles of international law, enshrined in the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter for a New Europe, the European Security Charter and other documents defining the current European security architecture. On behalf of the Romanian Government, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca expresses solidarity with the Government of Ukraine and reiterates his support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the neighboring state,” reads a press release sent by the Government in Bucharest on Thursday.
The Romanian Prime Minister considers that Russia’s actions are not only a serious breach of the principles of international law, but also “a flagrant violation of its role as a permanent member of the Security Council, the UN forum acting as guarantor of world peace and security, as well as a violation of commitments made as a member of the international community”.
“The use of force cannot be justified under any circumstances other than those explicitly and exhaustively mentioned in the UN Charter. Romania is in constant contact with its allies and partners, both within NATO, the EU and other formats, as well as bilaterally, and is ready to take all necessary measures in response to this armed aggression to protect the security of the entire region. Another priority will also be to protect Romanian citizens on Ukrainian territory and ensure the rights and interests of members of the Romanian community in Ukraine,” the cited release further mentions.
At the same time, the Prime Minister reiterates that Romania enjoys all the guarantees of security and solidarity stemming from the status of NATO member state.
“Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca addresses to all Romanian citizens a call for calm and stresses that Romania, as a NATO member state, enjoys all the security guarantees and all the allied solidarity deriving from this status. The Romanian Government and the institutions with responsibilities in the field will apply, at inter-institutional level, all the measures to adequately manage the implications of this situation, on all levels – including from the point of view of the possible economic, energetic effects or from the perspective of uncontrolled migration,” the Government of Romania maintains.
Prime Minister Ciuca convenes task force to manage situation generated by Russian military aggression in Ukraine
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca has convened on Thursday, at the level of the Government, the task force to manage the situation generated by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine.
According to a release of the Executive, the main responsibilities relate to the monitoring of the situation and the coordination of measures at the level of government structures to ensure the functioning of all public services.
The working group is made up of Minister of Defence Vasile Dincu, Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Finance Minister Adrian Caciu, Interior Minister Lucian Bode, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu, Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Health Minister Alexandru Rafila, Labor Minister Marius Budai, the Government’s General Secretary, Marian Neacsu, and the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Mircea Abrudean.
Senate’s Citu: Russian aggression will be met with the strongest and most immediate reaction from the international community
The President of the Senate, leader of the liberals Florin Citu, strongly condemns the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
“I strongly condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. This Russian aggression will be met with the strongest and most immediate reaction from the international community, causing massive consequences and the most severe costs,” Citu wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Aurescu: Romania stands with Ukraine
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu said in a Twitter message that Romania stands with Ukraine and that the allies will decide “the most appropriate measures for the security and safety of the Euro-Atlantic community.”
“Romania stands with Ukraine. The serious violation of international law by Russia will be costly. Together with our allies and partners, we will decide on the most appropriate measures for the security and safety of the Euro-Atlantic community,” Aurescu wrote on Thursday morning on the social network.
Romanian ForMin requests a NATO allies’ consultation
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu announced on Thursday that he had sent Romania’s mission to NATO to ask for the activation of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which establishes a consultation mechanism among allies, in the context of the conflict in Ukraine.
“Following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, we have asked Romania’s Mission to NATO to ask together with other Allies for the activation of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty – which establishes a mechanism for consultation among the Allies – on the impact of the current situation on the security of the Allies,” Aurescu wrote on Twitter.
Romanian Army activates military command points
The Ministry of Defence informs on Thursday morning that, given the security situation in Ukraine, the Romanian Army has activated the military command points with attributions in monitoring the situation and coordinating forces and means dedicated to the concrete situations which may appear.
“The leadership of the Ministry of National Defence has taken all the necessary measures for reaction, both those that regard the institution directly, as well as those to support the other components of the national security system, according to inter-institutional cooperation plans elaborated ahead of time,” mentions a release sent to AGERPRES.
PSD’s Ciolacu: We firmly condemn the attack on Ukraine committed by the Russian Federation and we express our solidarity with all the citizens of the neighboring state
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, condemns the attack of the Russian Federation on Ukraine and states that it represents a dangerous precedent for the international community and a risk to peace in Europe.
“We firmly condemn the attack on Ukraine committed by the Russian Federation and we express our solidarity with all the citizens of the neighboring state. This breach of international law represents a dangerous precedent for the international community and a risk towards peace on our continent. Romania is prepared to offer humanitarian assistance and to manage this crisis together with our allies in NATO and the European Union. We have discussed with the representatives of the Romanian Government to ensure that Romanian citizens and those in the Romanian community in Ukraine will benefit from all necessary support,” wrote Ciolacu, on Facebook.
UDMR’s Kelemen Hunor: International community to use all means, sanctions to force Russia to end war
The International community needs to use all its means and sanctions to force Russia to end the war, the chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, said in a message on Thursday, through which he condemns the attack made by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
“We firmly condemn and consider the Russian invasion in Ukraine unacceptable. We are in solidarity with Ukraine and all its nationalities. The International community needs to use all means and sanctions in order to force Russia to end the war. Romania must be prepared to receive war refugees. We are worried about the Hungarians in TransCarpatia Ukraine and for the Romanian community in Ukraine. I would like to assure them that they can count on our support during these difficult times!” Kelemen Hunor, also a Deputy Prime Minister in Ciuca Cabinet, wrote on Facebook.
AUR condemns Russian military invasion in Ukraine
The Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) condemns the Russian Federation for its military invasion in Ukraine and announces a protest in front of the Russian Federation Embassy in Bucharest.
“We condemn Russia’s military invasion in Ukraine. We are concerned by the fate of the Romanian people in Northern Bucovina and Southern Basarabia, but also worried about the repeated threats towards Romania’s territory. AUR will organize a protest in front of the Russian Federation Embassy,” according to AUR’s Facebook page.
Catalin Drula (USR): Russian aggression cannot be justified or accepted in any way
The interim chairman of Save Romania Union (USR), Catalin Drula, affirms that the Russian aggression cannot be justified or accepted in any way, and the Russian Federation must now bear the full force of international sanctions.
“Vladimir Putin started an illegitimate and cruel war last night. It is a monstrous aggression against a peaceful country. Romania’s attachment to democratic principles and the ideal of freedom forces us to stand in solidarity with Ukraine in these extremely difficult times,” the USR leader wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday morning.
USR urges the government to do everything possible to help “our neighboring country and the Ukrainian people.”
“It does not matter that we are now in opposition, we will support these efforts with all we can. The Russian aggression can in no way be justified or accepted. That is why we cannot passively witness the destruction of a state and a nation, whose sole fault is they wanted to decide their own fate. The Russian Federation must now bear the full force of international sanctions,” Catalin Drula wrote.
Union of Ukrainians in Romania condemns aggression of Russian Federation, calls for responsibility
The Council of the Union of Ukrainians in Romania (UUR) expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and strongly condemns the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, after recognizing the independence of the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, acts that are “blatant violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, of international law and regional, European and Euro-Atlantic security and stability”.
In a release sent on Thursday to AGERPRES by Parliament Deputy Nicolae Miroslav Petretchi (Parliamentary Group of National Minorities), the Council of the Union of Ukrainians in Romania calls for an immediate stop to the Russian military aggression against Ukraine and an end to any military operations directed at the Ukrainian state, stressing that disputes and conflicts must be resolved exclusively through dialogue.
Moreover, the UUR calls for responsibility, the avoidance of human loss of life, and calls on the democratic international community to do everything in its power to stop the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
The Union of Ukrainians in Romania welcomes the reaffirmation of Romania’s firm and constant commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and its readiness to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and expresses its readiness to support the Romanian and Ukrainian authorities in the event of a worsening situation in Ukraine (the possibility of an influx of refugees from Ukraine), providing the help of strong and dedicated teams, able to provide the necessary logistical and linguistic support, making available to the Romanian authorities the spaces in the UUR headquarters.
At the same time, the UUR approves the opening of a fund, called “For peace in Ukraine and solidarity with the Ukrainian people”, in order to provide humanitarian support to Ukrainian citizens in the areas affected by the conflict, to which ethnic Ukrainians in Romania and beyond can contribute.
MAE convokes inter-institutional crisis cell to support Romanian citizens in Ukraine
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) continues to monitor the situation of Romanian citizens in Ukraine and has convoked the inter-institutional crisis cell to support and grant consular assistance to Romanian citizens in Ukraine, shows a release of the Executive regarding Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca’s summoning of the task-force to manage the situation generated by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine.
According to the release, the responsible government structures are prepared to ensure the necessary measures to take over, if need be, flows of refugees.
At the same time, the Government is monitoring and evaluating the entries and exits of natural gas on all routes crossing our country, in order to take, depending on the evolution of the situation, the necessary measures to ensure continuity in the supply of natural gas.
The release emphasizes that Romania has sufficient gas stored to manage the cold season period.
The main responsibilities of the task force regarding the management of consequences generated by the Russian aggression in Ukraine regard monitoring the situation and coordinating measures at the level of government structures to ensure the functioning of all public services.
MEP Ciolos: Free world should hit Putin where it hurts most: the money
]MEP Dacian Ciolos (Save Romania Union) pleads for “drastic and decisive” economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, adding that in the absence of an “adequate” reaction from the “free world”, Russia will very soon border Romania.
“If the reaction of Europe, of the United States of America and the free world is not an adequate one, Russia will soon border Romania. This is no longer the moment for gradual and calibrated countermeasures, it is obvious that Putin never wanted to de-escalate the situation. The free world should hit Putin where it hurts most: the money. Quick and decisive. Yes, there will be an economic impact and there will be negative effects for the European economies too. But, at this moment, it is a small price to pay for ensuring peace and security in Europe,” Ciolos wrote on Facebook.
He highlights that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is “trampling on the aspirations of a people” that wants a democratic and European Ukraine.
“The delusions of a dictator once again brings war in Europe. Vladimir Putin is trampling on the aspirations of a people that wants a democratic and European Ukraine. He is dismissing the essence of international law and is forcefully claiming imaginary rights. This madness cannot remain unpunished. We cannot continue being naive in front of a bully,” Ciolos shows.
Compiled from Agerpres