President Klaus Iohannis stated, when asked if Romania would intervene in the Republic of Moldova, in case the war in Ukraine escalates, that the discussion is more complicated “because Romania is in NATO and Moldova is a neutral state, so purely militarily I don’t see ways by which to intervene in a conflict”. The head of state added that our country can intervene to improve, train the personnel from the Republic of Moldova and to support Moldova in terms of providing barracks, which our state has already done, according to News.ro.
“Now I would be tempted to ask you what a security umbrella means, because Romania is in NATO and Moldova is a neutral state, so purely militarily I don’t see ways to intervene in a conflict, but we can intervene to improve the personnel of Moldova to train them, to help them with equipment, as I did, with case armament and so on. So, there are many ways in which we can and even intervene to help Moldova”, declared Klaus Iohannis, when asked if Romania can provide a security umbrella for the Republic of Moldova in the event of an escalation of the war in Ukraine.
Asked if, maybe even to protect our airspace, for example, or if this is excluded, the head of state answered: “This is a complicated discussion, precisely because of NATO membership, respectively non-NATO membership.”
Asked how these security guarantees would work for Ukraine under NATO, in bilateral agreements like the one signed on Thursday in the Republic of Moldova, President Iohannis replied: “This is a matter that we are still discussing between us and it will be one of the central themes at The NATO summit, so I would not like to go into the details now, but I can tell you that it is a topic, as they say, in the discussion, an important topic in the discussion”.
The head of state Klaus Iohannis and the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky sent a joint statement on Thursday regarding the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine.
“The President of Romania and the President of Ukraine welcome the significant progress of Ukraine in terms of advancing on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration; confirms their commitment to strengthen joint efforts to support Ukraine’s integration within the Alliance and to implement NATO standards; expresses the willingness to organize bilateral consultations regarding the international security guarantees for Ukraine before obtaining the status of NATO member, based on the Security Pact of Kyiv of September 13, 2022” is specified in the statement signed by the two heads of state.
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