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First Day of the Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, in the Meeting of Foreign Ministers from NATO Member States (4 December 2018)

Press release

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, is attending, on 4 and 5 December 2018, in Brussels, the works of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The ministerial meeting provides the framework for a thorough discussion on Euro-Atlantic security evolutions and the Alliance's response, being the first meeting of the NATO foreign ministers after the Alliance’s summit in Brussels in July 2018.

The works began with a meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO member states with their counterparts from Georgia and Ukraine, dedicated to the security situation in the Black Sea, the second meeting held in this format in 2018, after the one at the highest level, during the Summit of July 2018. The discussions focused on the best ways to consolidate the interaction with the two partners, in order to ensure the security in the region, considering the importance of the Black Sea area for the entire Euro-Atlantic security. In the context of the recent use, by Russia, of military force against Ukraine, there was an exchange of opinions on the tensions near the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait, and a firm message was sent in order to de-escalate the situation and to respect international law. The Romanian Foreign Minister stressed the need to consolidate NATO’s role in the Black Sea region, he re-stated the commitment and support for the two partner states, supporting NATO's decision to continue a substantial engagement in the field of political dialogue and of practical cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine.

During the second working session, dedicated to transatlantic security, the discussions highlighted the importance to continue the process of consolidating NATO response, which is highly necessary in the current security context, marked by unpredictability and multiple challenges. The participants reconfirmed the firm commitment of all member states for the principles of unity and solidarity within the Alliance, as these represent the basis of NATO. The Romanian Foreign Minister stressed the importance of continuing the Alliance’s process of adaptation to the current security challenges, in a comprehensive manner, with respect to the Alliance's Eastern flank. Minister Meleșcanu expressed support for the ministerial declaration, adopted at the meeting, of NATO’s solidarity with the USA on Washington's conclusion regarding Russia’s breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). He also highlighted the importance of assuring the complementarity of the projects carried out at EU level, in the field of security and defence, with those developed within NATO highlighting the attention that will be paid during Romania’s Presidency to the EU Council to the consolidation the NATO-EU synergy.

During the working dinner of the allied foreign ministers, the discussions focused on the role of NATO in managing threats originating from the Alliance's southern neighbourhood. In this context, the progress made in respect to assistance granted to partners was assessed, and the priorities of action for the coming period were discussed. The Romanian foreign minister evoked Romania's substantial contribution to the efforts of consolidating the stability in the southern neighbourhood of NATO region, as an integral part of NATO's omnidirectional approach in this field.

Within the margins of the ministerial meeting, the head of Romanian diplomacy had a series of bilateral meetings with counterparts from NATO allied and partner states. During the meeting with the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, the cooperation between Romania and Canada within NATO was the main topic of discussions. The head of the Romanian diplomacy thanked Canada for its contribution to NATO’s adapted forward presence in Romania, especially in the field of air police. Aspects related to the cooperation between the two states in the context of the UN and to the peacekeeping missions, as well on a bilateral level, were also discussed.

During the meeting with the head of the Skopje diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov, the status and the perspectives of implementing the Prespa Agreement were discussed, as well as the efforts made by the authorities in Skopje towards NATO integration. Minister Dimitrov thanked Romania for its constant support for his country's efforts of integration in NATO and the EU.

The meeting of the Romanian foreign minister with his Georgian counterpart, David Zalkaliani, allowed for an exchange of views on the regional security developments in the Black Sea region and on the efforts made by Tbilisi authorities towards NATO integration. Minister Meleșcanu restated Romania's constant and substantial support for the efforts made by the Georgian side, also approaching the possibilities of consolidating bilateral cooperation from a regional perspective, between the two states.