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Senate’s Citu urges Interior Ministry to come up fast with border analysis. Bode: Romania is ready for any scenario

Senate Chairman Florin Citu said on Monday that Interior Minister Lucian Bode has to come up with a “quick” analysis of the situation at border crossings to show exactly what happened there.

“The interior minister has to come up with a quick analysis before Romanians to show exactly what happened there, if the reaction was delayed, why it was delayed, if the reaction was as messy as he said, why it was messy, and, of course, someone has to be made responsible. A state’s ability to respond is being tested right now. That’s why, for example, we have a finance buffer just for such moments. You always have to be prepared. If he says it was a mess, it is clear that he has more information than we have and I am sure he will have an analysis and come up with it before the Romanians and show why the reaction was delayed, why there was a mess. I am sure that the minister will come with up with it in the next few days,” Citu said at the Parliament House.

On Sunday, Interior Minister Lucian Bode said that all nine state border crossings from Ukraine (6) and Moldova (3) were organised under an action plan established at the ministry level, so that “the mess at the Siret Customs” that he witnessed firsthand when he visited the location with the prime minister will not emerge anywhere else.

“All nine points need to be organised flawlessly, and we would like to see that in our correspondence with our Ukrainian colleagues,” Bode said, according to Agerpres.

 

IntMin Bode: Romania is ready for any scenario

 

Romania’s Interior Minister Lucian Bode (photo) says Romania is ready for any scenario and fully involved “in providing a coordinated and articulated response” to the situation created after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He said on Monday, on a visit to the Siret Border Crossing Point, that “Romania remains firmly committed to the joint effort to protect peace and security in the region and to provide humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian nation.”

“Our collaboration with our European partners is extremely close, and at the moment we need more than ever to coordinate our actions. I would like to thank the Commissioner [Ylva Johansson – editor’s note] for this gesture of solidarity with us. Romania is commending the measures taken by the European Commission in line with the situation in Ukraine and the involvement in the relations with the member states. We also welcome the harsh and necessary sanctions imposed by the European Commission on the Russian Federation. We are putting up with a situation these days that we did not think we would experience. Romania remains firmly committed to the joint efforts to protect peace and security in the region and to provide humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian nation. We are ready for any scenario and fully involved in providing a coordinated and articulate response to this situation,” Bode said.

At the same time, he underlined that Romania was among the first states that responded to the requests of its partners from Ukraine, emphasising that for Romania “the humanitarian component is a very important one.”

“That is why Romania was among the first member states to respond to requests from Ukrainian partners, including under the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism. As you know, the first shipment of medicines was delivered on February 25,” said Bode.

Bode accompanied European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson to Siret. The commissioner also visited the Border Crossing Point, as well as the mobile refugee camp set up at the local stadium.

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