Iohannis and Morawiecki reaffirm their support for Moldova and Ukraine

President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, agreed on Tuesday, March 28th, in Bucharest to intensify support for the Republic of Moldova in the context of its vulnerability due to the war declared by Russia in Ukraine. The leaders reaffirmed that only Ukraine can decide on the “parameters of peace talks with Moscow.”

The neighboring head of state received the Polish Prime Minister at the Cotroceni Palace on Tuesday, where they participated in an economic forum between Romania and Poland, as well as the fourth round of intergovernmental consultations. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint declaration and the signing of several memorandums of understanding.

“We aim for our close ties in security and defense to be doubled by robust and fruitful economic cooperation, as the potential of the two economies allows it. Poland is one of Romania’s most important trading partners in the region. In 2022, bilateral trade reached a record level of almost 11 billion euros,” said Iohannis in a press statement with the Polish Prime Minister.

Iohannis and Morawiecki reaffirmed their strong condemnation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“Romania and Poland will unequivocally maintain their support for Ukraine for as long as it is necessary. As it is well known, Romania has been at the forefront of the action in supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people since the beginning of this war,” said the President.

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“Together we reiterated that only Kyiv can decide on the parameters of peace talks with Moscow. Therefore, together with the Prime Minister, we agreed on the necessity of strengthening bilateral coordination and within the European Union and NATO to continue providing full support to Ukraine,” insisted the head of state.

At the same time, Iohannis pointed out, the two leaders agreed to intensify support for the most vulnerable and conflict-affected partners in the region, especially the Republic of Moldova.

“In this sense, we reiterated our common support for the advancement of the European path of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, as candidate states for the European Union”, said Iohannis.

On the agenda of the discussions between the two was the security situation in the Black Sea region and on the Eastern Flank, with an emphasis on the implementation of the decisions of the NATO summit in Madrid regarding the strengthening of the allied deterrence and defense posture on the Eastern Flank, the accession of Romania to the Schengen area and Poland’s support in this regard, and Romania’s priorities for the Three Seas Initiative summit that President Iohannis will host in September.

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