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January 27, 2023

President Iohannis: Our transatlantic unity has delivered a strategic surprise to Russia

The transatlantic unity in the context of the war in Ukraine delivered “a strategic surprise for Russia,” President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday.

“The Euro-Atlantic community is coming out stronger and more robust from this crisis. We are more united, more determined to protect our core values: democracy, human rights, rule of law and the right of every nation to choose its friends and allies. Unity means also solidarity. Our solidarity with Ukraine must carry on in a coordinated manner. All partners should continue to provide Ukraine with what it needs to defend its sovereignty and democracy for as long as it takes,” the head of state pointed out, in the speech he delivered to the Munich Leaders Meeting (MLM).

In this context, President Iohannis reiterated that “the irrational war started by Russia on February 24 is not just an aggression against Ukraine, but a full front assault against our foundational values and principles, which uphold the Euro-Atlantic security architecture.”

“We are now faced with a historic test of our collective strength, resolve and democratic values. Nine months after the start of the conflict in Ukraine some lessons have become obvious. Two particular outcomes are already crystal clear. First, our transatlantic partnership emerged stronger from this crisis. Second, the Black Sea region demonstrated its strategic importance for Euro-Atlantic security and global stability,” the head of state said.

Iohannis also talked about the support which Romania granted to Ukraine.

“Romania, as a NATO and EU member state with the longest border with Ukraine has been at the forefront of the response to this multidimensional crisis prompted by Russia’s aggression managing the flow of over 2.9 million Ukrainian refugees who entered Romania; ensuring delivery of substantial humanitarian assistance from Romania and other counties and facilitating the transit of Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products in order to prevent a global food crisis – over 8.4 million tones transited Romania. These support efforts should remain high on the transatlantic agenda,” President Iohannis pointed out.


We must develop politics in the long run for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia


The Black Sea region has long been “the main target for Russia’s aggressive behaviour”, stated President Klaus Iohannis, on Monday, while mentioning that there is need of policies in the long run for Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia.

He made the statements in the context of the debut of the Munich Leaders Meeting, which is a format of the Munich Security Conference, which takes place prior to  the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Bucharest.

“The Black Sea region has long been the main target for Russia’s aggressive behaviour and probing to our commitment to regional security and stability. We have seen it with the war in Ukraine. Furthermore, countries such as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia are the most vulnerable to the consequences of this war. We need to develop long term policies of support for Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. Our support should ensure that this countries become self-sustainable and able to counter hybrid challenges,” stated President Iohannis.

He recalled that Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova were granted European Union candidate status, while Georgia’s European perspectives were also recognized.

“Romania has traditionally been one of the biggest advocate of closer ties between the European Union and these countries. In support of the Republic of Moldova, we have also launched, together with Germany and France, the Moldova Support Platform, to mobilise financial assistance from the international community and to support the reforms required for the Republic of Moldova’s accession to the European Union. At the same time, Romania supplies between 80 and 90 percent of the Republic of Moldova’s electricity needs,” said Iohannis.

According to him, the NATO Summit in Madrid was “a turning point for a stronger and more coherent” deterrence and defence on the Eastern Flank of NATO. Thus, the New Strategic Concept acknowledged the Black Sea region as a region of great strategic importance for the Alliance, as Romania has been advocating for a long time.

“An adequate response to the challenges we all face must be built around the goal of enhancing the resilience of allies, EU member states, but also of our vulnerable partners, especially in the Black Sea region. I am happy to see that the regional cooperation formats such as Bucharest 9 and the Three Seas Initiative have brought their substantial contribution to it. I use this opportunity to express gratitude to our allies and friends who proved their unity and solidarity by ensuring the most substantial allied military presence until now in the Black Sea region and on the entire Eastern Flank,” President Klaus Iohannis specified.

The head of state underscored that the “benefits” of a long term Transatlantic cooperation must be considered.

“By blending cooperation and complementarity, we will ensure the successful adaptation of the transatlantic relation to today’s realities, challenges and opportunities. As a prerequisite, we need to guarantee the security and stability of the Black Sea region as a whole,” Iohannis pointed out.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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