Romania has been and is one of the main supporters of the “Open Doors” policy at the core of NATO’s strategic approach in relation to partner states, reads a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday, in the context of the signing of the Protocol of Accession to the Alliance by Finland and Sweden.
“The decision on membership of this organization is an option that each state is free to take on, based on its sovereign decision and by meeting the criteria established for this process, respectively based on the consensus of allied states. No third state can affect NATO’s policy,” says the MAE press release.
On behalf of Romania, the document was signed by Romania’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Dan Neculaescu.
“In the current security context, marked by Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine, the two Nordic states’ approach is an expression of their attachment to the community of values and democratic spirit that the North Atlantic Alliance defends and promotes. The decision of the authorities in Helsinki and Stockholm to join NATO came in continuation of the substantial contribution of the two states within the Alliance, as Enhanced Opportunities Partner of NATO,” says the MAE.
This status means strengthening political dialogue and an increased level of interoperability by participating in Allied missions and operations.
The signing of the Accession Protocols represents the implementation of one of the major decisions taken by the Allied heads of state and government at the NATO Summit in Madrid, held at the end of last month. This approach reaffirms the validity and coherence of NATO’s “Open Doors” policy, one of the most successful policies of the North Atlantic Alliance.
At the same time, Romania “is convinced that the accession of the two states to NATO will contribute to the strengthening of the allied security, as a whole, including through the future contribution of these states to the consolidation of the Eastern Flank, from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea.”
The accession process of the two states benefited from the firm and substantial support of Romania, at all levels – including through the diplomatic efforts of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, who had talks with his counterparts from Finland and Sweden, including during his reception by the President of the Republic of Turkey, as well as his meeting with the Secretary General of NATO, the MAE brings to mind.