The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, had a meeting on Thursday with the members of the NATO Observers Group in the US Sen
ate, in which context he discussed the strategic importance of the Black Sea for Euro-Atlantic security.
The dialogue took place on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid.
According to a Foreign Ministry (MAE) release sent to AGERPRES, during the talks, the minister presented Romania’s assessment of the illegal and unjustified war waged by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and of its implications for Euro-Atlantic security.
He stressed, in the context of these unprecedented challenges for Euro-Atlantic security, the need for close political and defense coordination between the US and the states on the Eastern Flank, including Romania, in order to strengthen solidarity and the joint response to Russia’s aggression, with regional, Euro-Atlantic and global impact.
The Romanian minister welcomed the historic decisions for the North Atlantic Alliance adopted at the NATO Summit in Madrid, “which have a transformative character, meant to respond pragmatically and realistically to the defense needs generated by the current precarious security context, generated by the Russian aggression against Ukraine”. He highlighted, in particular, our country’s satisfaction with the adoption of NATO’s New Strategic Concept, which is adapted to current security developments and stipulates collective defense as a fundamental task of the Alliance, along with the transatlantic relationship, aspects that Romania has requested in consistently.
At the same time, the Romanian minister stressed that the summit is “a remarkable success for Romania, by unequivocally reconfirming the strategic importance of the Black Sea for Euro-Atlantic security, including in terms of the status quo in the New Strategic Concept.” Thus, the Romanian minister underlined the importance of the Madrid decisions, including for the long-term consolidation of the Allied position of deterrence and defense on the Eastern Flank and of the coherence of the defense on the entire Flank, a goal that our country pursued with priority in the Allied negotiations, an important step for the transition from Forward Presence to Forward Defense.
In this context, the Romanian minister reiterated to the members of the NATO Observer Group in the US Senate the gratitude for the announcement made by the US President, Joe Biden, on the first day of the NATO Summit, to increase the US military presence in Romania, by deploying a Combat Brigade Command.
The head of Romanian diplomacy also welcomed “the consistency with which the USA has demonstrated, by successively sending troops to our country, both the solidity and dynamism of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA, and the importance given by the USA to the Black Sea region”.
Referring to the strategic importance of the Black Sea, Minister Bogdan Aurescu also highlighted the issues related to supply chains for Europe, Asia and Africa, which are fragmented as a result of Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine and illicit actions in the Black Sea and advocated the development of a US Black Sea Strategy.
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