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President Iohannis welcomes Polish counterpart Duda: Romania, Poland firmly supporting the integration of the R. of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia into the EU

Romania and Poland strongly support the integration of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia into the European Union, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday, after a meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

“Romania and Poland strongly support the integration of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia into the European Union, and we will continue to work to make this goal a reality,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace.

The head of state said talks with his Polish counterpart also focused on the deep humanitarian crisis generated by the aggression of the Russian Federation.

“Romania continues to carry out complex actions in support of refugees from Ukraine. In this regard, we had an exchange of views and good practices with the President of Poland regarding the measures implemented by each state to manage the wave of refugees. We also highlighted the logistics hub in Suceava becoming operational, which ensures the takeover of assistance for Ukraine, but also for the Republic of Moldova,” Iohannis added.

He said he discussed with the Polish president about the role and responsibilities Romania and Poland have in the region.

“In this context, we reiterated Romania’s firm and full support for the Republic of Moldova, as well as for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The impact of the conflict in Ukraine on the Republic of Moldova is major, and this country needs solid and coordinated support, financial and logistic, from the European Union and the Member States, including to ensure its energy security,” he said.

President Iohannis indicated that, bilaterally, Romania and Poland are proposing that the close ties on the security line be doubled by a robust and fruitful economic cooperation.

“I am confident that we will be able to increase the volume of trade and mutual investment, including in areas of strategic cooperation,” he said.

The two officials also discussed the strategic regional interconnection projects of interest for both Romania and Poland, respectively Rail2Sea and ViaCarpathia.

“Romania and Poland will continue to work closely together to identify concrete ways to carry out these projects,” Iohannis said.

He reiterated his belief that “Romania and Poland, united by a lasting partnership and friendship, will continue their determined action to make freedom, the right of peoples to decide their own destiny, and for peace and security to remain the landmarks of our present.”

 

Strengthened NATO military presence needed in Romania and the Black Sea region

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that a strengthened NATO military presence was needed in Romania and the Black Sea region, as a “strictly defensive” response to Russia’s aggression.

“We urgently need a consistent and balanced consolidation of the eastern flank, a united and enhanced Advanced Presence. A strengthened NATO military presence is needed in Romania and in the Black Sea region, as a strictly defensive response to Russia’s aggression,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace after meeting his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

He underscored that a clear and necessary example in that regard is the creation of a NATO battle group in Romania as soon as possible.

“We need to take immediate, long-term action, and I will advocate that at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday,” Iohannis said.

He pointed out that Romania, together with Poland, wants a clear reconfirmation of NATO’s fundamental priority task, which is collective defence.

“President Biden’s visit to Europe and his participation in the two-day NATO summit send, once again, a strong message of NATO unity and solidarity, and also of the United States’ support for our security. Together with President Duda, I addressed our common priorities in the transatlantic relationship, especially in the current context,” said Iohannis.

The President pointed out that Romania and Poland are both countries of very relevant geostrategic positions on NATO’s eastern flank.

“Together, we represent a force that counts in the region and in the North Atlantic Alliance. We are the initiators of important regional formats, such as Bucharest 9, a key format for transatlantic coordination and coalescence of NATO positions on major issues related to Euro-Atlantic security,” he said.

Iohannis added that he had agreed with his Polish counterpart that Romania and Poland would intensify their “particularly substantial” security co-operation.

“I thanked President Duda for Poland’s contribution to NATO bodies in Romania, including with Polish soldiers on the ground, who have been present since 2017, and I assured him that Romania will continue its contribution to the NATO battle group and other NATO bodies in Poland,” said Iohannis.

 

President Duda: In the current situation, a new strategic concept of NATO is needed

 

In the current situation, a new strategic concept of NATO is needed, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday in a joint press statement with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest.

“Taking into account what happened in Ukraine, an unprecedented aggression of the Russian Federation against this sovereign country, taking into account the advancing occupation, taking into account the crisis related to it, the security crisis for us, as well as for entire Europe, we might say for the entire world, we need a new concept of NATO. (…) In the first place, NATO’s new strategic concept, which is being drawn up now, must take these changes into account, which have naturally been generated by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and this must be taken into account in the future,” the Polish President said, according to the official translation.

He spoke of a profile shift in the NATO presence, from Enhanced Forward Presence or Tailored Forward Presence to Defense Forward Presence, namely a permanent defensive presence of the North Atlantic Alliance.

 

B9 Summit in Bucharest in preparation for June’s NATO summit in Madrid

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that together with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda decided to hold a B9 summit in Bucharest in preparation for June’s NATO summit in Madrid.

“In preparation for the NATO summit to be held in Madrid in June, I and President Duda decided today to hold a B9 Summit in Bucharest, which I will host here, at Cotroceni. We will meet two weeks before the Allied summit to coordinate our positions on the substantial consolidation of the Eastern Flank,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Palace after the meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

 

Poland’s President reiterates in Bucharest support for the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine

 

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda spoke in Bucharest on Tuesday of supporting the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, adding that obtaining the candidate country status is a very necessary aid, especially for Ukraine.

“We’ll underscore together with Mr President [Iohannis] the European perspective, both of Ukraine, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, the countries that need this European perspective, as well as those that need to be in the European Union in the near future, in the weeks to come. We shall have to obtain the EU candidate country status. This aid will be very helpful, especially for Ukraine,” the Polish President said, according to the official translation.

 

Polish President: Whoever joins Russia must be punished in the same way as the aggressor

 

Whoever joins Russia must be punished in the same way as the aggressor, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda told a joint news conference in Bucharest on Tuesday with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis.

“If Belarus joins the war, if it attacks Ukraine, I think it will be necessary to make decisions about imposing sanctions on Belarus, and I believe that NATO and the European Union and all honest countries must be clear: whoever joins Russia must be sanctioned in the same way as the aggressor,” said the Polish President, according to the official Romanian translation.

He said this summer’s NATO summit would be “exceptional.”

“Before the NATO summit, we will make diplomatic efforts so that everyone who creates this huge global alliance will understand how serious the situation is and how cruel Russia is, which is a huge threat to the whole world, especially since it is an empire that has the nuclear weapon at its disposal and wants to expand its land,” Duda said.

The Polish chief of state also spoke from the perspective of his country.

“Poland does not want to go back to the sphere of Russian influence, we were there once and we do not want that to be repeated, so we will discuss with our allies what actions should be taken against Russia, what sanctions we can impose to make it painful for Russia, what other action we should take at the diplomatic level, but also at the level of materially supporting Ukraine, in order to achieve the goal of ending the war, so that Ukraine can continue to exist as a sovereign, peace-loving country,” he added.

He also mentioned the consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“It must be said out loud that the alliance with Russia no longer exists, it is no longer binding, and NATO should not mention the 1997 act or any commitment to Russia. It is NATO’s commitment to defend the world against Russia, which is an aggressor that is dropping bombs on residential areas. This is a war that can be called a total war, reminiscent of WWII, and that’s how it should be seen,” said Duda.

 

Duda: European Union support for countries managing the Ukraine refugee crisis is natural

 

European Union support for countries managing the Ukraine refugee crisis is “natural,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday, comparing Turkey’s situation six years ago.

Duda held a joint news conference in Bucharest with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

“When Turkey was hit by the Syrian refugee crisis, when millions of Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish citizens came to seek refuge there, the European Union allocated billions of euros in support of Turkey. I find it natural that the same support should be given to the countries that are today dealing with the refugee crisis, given the war in Ukraine related to the Russian aggression. I believe that both the European Commission and the European Council will take the necessary decisions in the near future and that this aid will be able to reach us as soon as possible,” said the Polish president, according to the official Romanian translation.

He mentioned that Romania and Poland are receiving people seeking refuge from the war in Ukraine.

“They are not refugees, they are our guests. We are welcoming them in our homes, in our cities, in our villages. Wherever they go, they can find a quiet place. People come wholeheartedly and give them gifts and money. But we need international assistance. We deeply believe that the aid will come to our countries, help from the European Union in the first place, which is a natural thing,” added the Polish chief of state.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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