Strengthening air defense and Ukraine's accession to the EU: Zelensky met with the Romanian president in Bucharest. Key statements
On October 10, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in the Romanian capital Bucharest to meet with his counterpart Klaus Iohannis. The politicians will discuss prospects for further cooperation between the two countries, as well as support for the Ukrainian people amid the ongoing war with Russia.
This is stated in the official Telegram channel of the president. Earlier, the Romanian Chancellery reported that this is the first official visit of the Ukrainian leader to Romania since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russian troops (to see photos and videos, scroll to the bottom of the page).
"Bucharest, Romania. An official visit to our good neighbors, who supported us in the most difficult moment and whose support is only growing over time," Zelensky said, adding that he and his Romanian counterpart have a wide range of topics for talks.
On behalf of Ukrainians, he expressed gratitude to the Romanian people for their sincere and large-scale assistance, which significantly strengthened the country's defense, and also for the most constructive solidarity, which allows both countries "to be significant donors of security for the world, including food security."
In addition, he emphasized that the countries have already established cooperation that supports the stability of many other nations and can expand it even further.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has already met with Romanian leader Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest. It is known that Iohannis received Zelensky at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest. At the meeting, they will discuss further security cooperation, the development of aviation and other defense coalitions, strengthening our air defense, the overall security architecture in the Black Sea region, and relations with partners.
"This visit will benefit both our nations," the President of Ukraine expressed his conviction.
During the meeting ceremony, the national anthems of Ukraine and Romania were played, and the presidents inspected the guard of honor. The official delegations of the two countries were also introduced. The heads of state will hold talks face-to-face and in an expanded format. Volodymyr Zelensky and Klaus Iohannis will also meet with media representatives.
During the press conference, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that he would personally support the decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU at the European Council in December this year.
"At the same time, I emphasized the importance of implementing the comprehensive reforms necessary for accession to the European Union to ensure the sustainability of the state and Ukrainian society," Iohannis said.
In turn, Zelensky noted that the talks with the Romanian president were meaningful and fruitful. The Ukrainian leader emphasized the agreement on a strategic partnership between Ukraine and Romania.
"We have signed a bilateral declaration that sets out the key points of our cooperation: security cooperation, in particular in the Black Sea region, support for our Formula for Peace, expansion of economic and logistics cooperation, transport links, simplification of border crossing procedures, opening of new border crossing points," Zelensky said.
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