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June 27, 2022

Speaker Ciolacu: There were two different visits to Ukraine, but with a common interest

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, on Friday stated that his visit and that of the President of the Senate, Florin Citu, to Ukraine were “totally different,” but with a common interest.

“There were two visits on two totally different things. It was a political visit of me as leader of the Social Democratic Party, and of Mister Ciuca as president of the National Liberal Party, during which we met with the Prime Minister, the President of the Ukrainian Parliament and the President of Ukraine, and there was another visit, as you have seen, in a more international context, which was paid by the President of the Senate on behalf of Romania. These were two totally different visits, but with a common interest, which was to guarantee, both in political, administrative and legislative terms that Ukraine has the full support of Romania from all positions in the Romanian state,” said Ciolacu, at the Palace of Parliament, when asked if it was true that he did not announce Florin Citu that they will no longer go to Kyiv together.

The Senate Speaker, Florin Citu, on Thursday said that he had learned from the Ukrainian side that the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, was not coming to Ukraine on April 27, noting that he had not been informed by the PSD leader that he would not accompany him on this visit.

“As for the Romanian Senate, we followed all the rules, we agreed with those in Ukraine and we held on to that date. From the moment it was approved, everything was in the hands of the security forces to arrange the transport, I had no further interventions, only personal messages to see exactly about the messages there. I only found out on Monday from the Ukrainian side, when they asked me what was happening, that Mr Ciolacu wasn’t going to join me on April 27 after all, and I didn’t ask when he was going to go, I didn’t know what was happening, and it also wasn’t my business, since the invitation was for the Senate and not to go together,” said Citu, when asked why there were two delegations who traveled to Ukraine.

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