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NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bucharest. Iohannis: It is our responsibility to fully implement decision adopted at the NATO Summit in Madrid

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that the decisions adopted at the NATO Summit in Madrid this year, particularly those regarding the Eastern Flank posture, must be implemented as soon as possible.

“As we prepare for the 2023 summit in Lithuania, over the next period it is our joint responsibility to fully implement the decisions taken in Madrid as soon as possible, especially those related to the posture on the Eastern Flank, including at the Black Sea. I express on this occasion Romania’s deep gratitude to all allies who decided to deploy troops on our territory,” the head of state said at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, which has begun in Bucharest.

Iohannis underscored the Black Sea has a strategic important to Euro-Atlantic security, which has already been provided in the New Strategic Concept.

“We need to continue to closely monitor the evolutions and ensure an even more strategic approach in the region,” said Iohannis.

The head of state reiterated that Romania stays a strong endorser of the Open Door Policy.

“We are confident that Finland and Sweden, today at the table as invitees, will soon become members. We also believe that NATO’s door should remain open in the future for other partners, including Ukraine and Georgia, as by the Bucharest Summit in 2008, in this very building,” President Iohannis said.

According to him, the presence in Bucharest of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the allied foreign ministers and generals is extremely relevant and opportune.

“It conveys a strong message of Allied unity, solidarity and strategic resolve. This also shows that the values of freedom and peace remain at the heart of the Alliance,” he said.

Klaus Iohannis underscored that, since it jointed NATO, Romania has been a responsible and active ally devoted to the Alliance’s principles.

“We have been a committed contributor to NATO’s missions and operations and an unwavering promoter and provider of security and stability in our region and beyond,” the Romanian head of state said.

He mentioned this is the second time Romania is hosting a NATO high-level event, after the Summit in 2008.

“This is the first foreign ministerial we are hosting and the first NATO meeting hosted by an Ally on the eastern flank after the war against Ukraine started,” the President showed.

 

Iohannis pointed out that the agenda of the ministerial meeting approaches the most urgent and relevant topical matters for NATO and its collective security.

“Indeed, for the last nine months, the war of aggression of Russia against Ukraine has profoundly affected the European and Euro Atlantic security, bringing immense suffering to the Ukrainian people, impacting economies and causing food and energy crisis worldwide. In response, our Alliance and the Allies took a firm and united stance, we also took historic decisions for consolidating like never before, our deterrence and defence in helping Ukraine defend itself and then supporting our most vulnerable partners to increase their resilience,” said Iohannis, appreciating that that the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina have also been invited to join one of the sessions of this ministerial meeting in Bucharest.

 

Stoltenberg: NATO is not part of the conflict, but it will continue to support Ukraine

 

NATO is not part of the conflict will support Ukraine as long as it takes, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest on Tuesday at the start of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

He thanked Romania for hosting the NATO meeting, noting that it is an important meeting amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“It is an honour for all of us to be here together with you. Today we will discuss Russia’s war of aggression and how our support for Ukraine, Russia is recent losses, including its withdrawal from Kherson, demonstrate the incredible courage and bravery of the Ukrainian forces. It also shows that our support makes a difference on the battlefield and must continue. The Russian military retains significant capabilities and a large number of troops. It is willing to use extreme brutality and leave Ukraine cold and dark this winter. So we must stay the course and help Ukraine prevail as a sovereign nation. NATO is not a party to the conflict, but we are committed to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes and we will continue to do what it takes to defend every inch of NATO allied territory,’ Stoltenberg stressed.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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