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ForMin Aurescu: There is no reason for the Romanian citizens not to feel safe amid the developments in Ukraine

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Thursday that there is no reason for the Romanian citizens not to feel safe amid the developments in Ukraine.

“The feeling of security in our country must be high, because Romania is an ally nation; as a NATO member we have all the security guarantees we can have, the strongest security guarantees in our entire history. The NATO alliance is the strongest political and military alliance in history. We are on the right track in terms of consistently consolidating the eastern flank. Our calls are considered and put into practice. I asked, for example, at the NATO ministerial meeting on March 4, to rethink the composition of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture on the eastern flank, and things are already moving in that direction,” Aurescu told Digi24 private broadcaster.

He added that a NATO summit would be held in Brussels next week to discuss both the security developments in Ukraine, further support for Ukraine, and a consistent reinforcement of the eastern flank.

“There are all the prerequisites for the Romanian citizens to feel safe. We make every effort to ensure that this consistent consolidation of the eastern flank is seen by everyone in its real parameters, which are those of defence, so strictly defensive, without any intention of antagonising the Russian Federation. But given the developments that are taking place as a result of military aggression, it is only natural that we should take the necessary precautions. There is no reason for Romanian citizens not to feel secure,” Aurescu said.


There are strong indications war crimes were committed in Ukraine


Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu also said on Thursday that there are “strong indications” that war crimes were committed as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine.

“If we look at all the information that comes from the theatre of war in Ukraine, following the military aggression of the Russian Federation, there are strong indications that war crimes were committed in this conflict. (…) I, as a lawyer, as a professor of international law, I have great confidence in international justice, and this is the reason why Romania, together with 38 other states, notified the International Criminal Court on March 2, asking the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to start the investigation into the possibility that war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide were committed in the conduct of these hostilities in Ukraine,” Aurescu told Digi24 private television broadcaster.

He added that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has started the investigation in Ukraine, but now evidence needs to be gathered because such an investigation can take quite a long time to complete.


You cannot negotiate when you are under threat of arms


Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Thursday that peace talks between the Russian Federation and Ukraine could not be carried out under the threat of arms while the war was going on.

“There must be a time when these hostilities stop, because even if there are efforts to negotiate a peace, in order to negotiate a solution to this conflict, these cannot be carried out while the war continues and, moreover, as all analysts say and the information shows, it is intensifying. You cannot negotiate when you are under threat of arms. There must be a time to stop hostilities, sit down at the negotiating table and conduct these negotiations in good faith,” Aurescu told Digi24.

He added that the sanctions adopted by the European Union and other democratic states are beginning to take effect and can be seen in the daily reality of the Russian Federation.

“We cannot say now what the results of these negotiations are. We notice that there are positions that are expressed indirectly, through the international media, by the one side and by the other. At the first glance the positions seem quite distant, the only element on which there would be a kind of agreement, a kind of willingness to reach an agreement is that of a possible neutrality of Ukraine, but these are matters which need to be expressed and confirmed by the negotiating parties. They are not certain now,” the minister said, according to Agerpres.

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