War in Ukraine: Increased NATO presence in Romania is ‘legitimate’, says foreign minister

In an interview with France 24, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu responded to the latest developments in the war in Ukraine. With more NATO forces and weapons due to be deployed to Romania in the coming days, the senior diplomat said the move “cannot be considered a provocation” but was a “legitimate response” by the alliance to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Asked about the humanitarian situation at the border, Orescu said Romania was open to “all those in need”.

Romania, which shares a border with Ukraine, is seeing thousands of people arrive there after fleeing the fighting in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said more than 130,000 Ukrainians have entered Romania since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and at least 40,000 of them remain in Romania. Country.

“Romania is a safe country” and “open To all those in need,” he told FRANCE 24, stressing that this does not include only Ukrainian citizens.

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