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The President in Romania: Regional cooperation on security issues is our strength

2022-05-06

On Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda started his working visit to Romania at the invitation of the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. During their meeting Friday morning, the Presidents of Lithuania and Romania discussed regional security and defense, the strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank, the course of the war in Ukraine, as well as bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Romania. 

Gitanas Nausėda stressed that cooperation between the two countries in strengthening NATO’s eastern flank is of particular importance. According to the President, we must work together to ensure that the NATO Summit in Madrid adopts resolutions of importance for the security and defense of our region.

“The aggressor next door is waging a brutal war against the peaceful, sovereign state of Ukraine, and we need to be fully prepared for any scenario. Close regional cooperation on security issues is our strength and we must act together,” the President said in Bucharest.

The Lithuanian and Romanian Presidents discussed Russia’s war in Ukraine as well as NATO and EU assistance to the war-torn country. Gitanas Nausėda stressed that right now Ukraine needs military, economic and political support. He underlined that granting EU candidate status to Ukraine would give a positive momentum and hope to people fighting for their country’s freedom.

According to the President, the EU should impose the toughest possible sanctions on Russia and Belarus to include an oil and gas embargo and a wider scope of financial sanctions, as well as block Russian propaganda. 

The President expressed deep concern about Russia’s attempts to rewrite history and use the narratives of totalitarian regimes in the context of the war against Ukraine. Gitanas Nausėda pointed out the need to step up efforts at EU level to combat such attempts by using all legal, political, and public information means, in addition to prosecuting those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine. 

The Lithuanian and Romanian leaders also held talks on the security situation in neighboring Moldova and the Transnistria region. The President emphasized the importance of expressing solidarity and support for Moldova, which is hosting large numbers of war refugees from Ukraine. Gitanas Nausėda noted that Lithuania had allocated EUR 750,000 to support Moldova and would resettle 2,000 refugees from Moldova to Lithuania.

During his visit to Bucharest, President Gitanas Nausėda will also meet with Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, the President of the Senate Florin Cîțu, and the President of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2022.05.06 12:41

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