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Senate President Citu delivered speech at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Senate President Florin Citu, was received, on Wednesday, in Kyiv, by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, and visited the affected areas of the Kyiv region – Irpin and Gostomel – alongside the President of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia Talat Xhaferi, and Irene Kalin, President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation.

“I am honored to be in Ukraine today, at the invitation of my counterpart, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanciuk, alongside the President of the National Council of the Federal National Assembly of the Swiss Confederation, Irene Kalin, and the President of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi. The visit, scheduled for early April, focused on the atrocities committed by the Russian military in Ukraine and the country’s post-war reconstruction plan. I delivered a speech at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, where Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal was also present,” Florin Citu said in a Facebook post.

According to a message posted on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Embassy in Bucharest, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Legislature stated on this occasion that “the visit of the Speakers of the Parliaments of Romania, North Macedonia and Switzerland to Ukraine is a clear example of the way the peoples of these countries are supporting the Ukrainian people”.

The three officials from Romania, North Macedonia and Switzerland “stressed that they are impressed by what they have seen and are ready to continue to support Ukraine with their capabilities,” the source added.

Senate President Florin Citu, “expressed his confidence in Ukraine’s victory in the war and Romania’s willingness to continue to help Ukraine,” the embassy’s message reads.

“We have been by your side from the very first hours. We have a lot of refugees from Ukraine. We work for them and I am sure we need to help them even more. We need to do more for Ukraine. Tougher sanctions are needed against Russia. However, there should also be a vision about how we should rebuild Ukraine. We need to help rebuild your country. We see a very high spirit of the Ukrainian people here. And we are confident that Ukraine will win,” Florin Citu said in Kyiv, according to Agerpres.

The leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) group in the Senate, Daniel Fenechiu,  stated on Wednesday that Citu’s visit to Ukraine was separate from that of the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, and of Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, carried out on Tuesday, because “the preparations that took place between the Romanian Senate and the Republic of Ukraine targeted April 27”.

“Distinctly, there was the visit of the Prime Minister and with him went the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. I think it is very good that, for two consecutive days, Romania is present at the top level in Ukraine,” Fenechiu said.


PSD’s Ciolacu: Decision on visit to Ukraine was taken together with Prime Minister


Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Marcel Ciolacu, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies,  said on Thursday that he had decided to visit Ukraine with Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, and that Senate President Florin Citu had a joint program with the Speakers of the Swiss Parliaments and Macedonia and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

He added that he had a telephone conversation on this subject with Florin Citu, a few hours before leaving for Ukraine.


Citu: Ukraine looks to future with optimism, want to rebuild infrastructure in two years


The head of state of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is looking to the future with optimism and has proposed some “very ambitious” deadlines for the reconstruction of his country, reason for which Romanian state officials were on Tuesday and Wednesday in Ukraine to support them, said, on Thursday, Senate President Florin Citu.

“Any effort, even if it includes arms, must not be wasted at this time. The good part was that there was that turning point. The administration in Ukraine and President Zelenskyy are looking forward with optimism and discussing about the reconstruction of Ukraine. They put forth some very ambitious deadlines. We are speaking of 90 billion euro, destruction in infrastructure that they want to rebuild in 2 years. They’re focused on bringing back those who left home, refugees. They have done their research very well. There are 300,000 families that lost their homes and those are a priority. Ukraine looks to the future with optimism. It needs support on the reconstruction side. They must be supported in their defence, as well,” said Citu in the Senate.

The Senate President explained that though the sanctions against Russia are “a discomfort” today, they are to ensure, in the future, national security and integrity.

“I support what I said since the first day of war, since February 24 – sanctions against Russia. They must be increasingly harsher. It’s a discomfort for us today, if we impose sanctions on Russia, in terms of energy. But what we gain, our security, independence, the fact that Russia will not be able to attack any country in the future is much more important. (…) The effort we are making today with the sanctions is in order to ensure national security and integrity,” Citu added.


Photo: Facebook/Florin Citu

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