Ukraine has initiated negotiations on the conclusion of a security agreement with its ninth country: details
Ukraine has initiated negotiations on a bilateral security agreement with Romania. They commenced on the sidelines of the fourth meeting of national security advisers and political advisers to the leaders of the states on the implementation of the Peace Formula in Davos, Switzerland, on January 14.
Romania became the ninth country with which such talks have begun. The details were disclosed by the Office of the President of Ukraine.
Negotiations between Ukraine and Romania on a bilateral security agreement, which, if signed, will be in effect until Ukraine joins NATO, have started in Davos. The Ukrainian negotiating team is headed by Presidential Administration Chief of Staff Andrii Yermak, and the Romanian delegation is led by Romanian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iulian Foto.
"The talks were initiated pursuant to the instruction of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, within the framework of the G7 Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine. They marked an increase in bilateral relations to the level of strategic partnership. This was a logical continuation of the agreements following the telephone conversation between the Presidents of Ukraine and Romania on January 9, 2024, and a step towards the implementation of the Joint Declaration of the leaders of the two states on October 10, 2023," the statement published on the President's website reads.
In particular, according to Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Zhovkva, Romania can help Ukraine obtain full security guarantees in Europe, especially in the Black Sea region.
During the first round of talks, according to an official statement, "the parties discussed the main elements of a future bilateral security agreement and agreed on modalities for further negotiations."
Romania, according to the Presidential Office, has become the ninth country to initiate such negotiations with Ukraine. By doing so, the Presidential Office is convinced that the neighboring country "has once again confirmed its unwavering support for the independence and territorial integrity of our country, as well as its European and Euro-Atlantic path."
Ukraine is currently actively discussing bilateral security guarantees with the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, and Poland. On January 12, the first such agreement was signed with the United Kingdom.
"We are working on very similar documents with them, and the idea is identical for all countries - to provide security guarantees for Ukraine. This is a gradual integration into the NATO coordinate system through these security treaties," Vladyslav Vlasiuk, an advisor to the Presidential Administration, said during the telethon.
In general, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, about 30 countries are ready to sign security agreements with Ukraine similar to the British one.
As a reminder, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky celebrated the signing of the security agreement with the UK: he called the day of the agreement "historic."
According to the head of state, such agreements "make Ukraine stronger."
Shortly after the agreement was signed, its full text was published. As explained later by the Presidential Office, the agreements stipulate that in the event of future aggression against Ukraine, Britain undertakes to help with weapons, equipment, finances, and sanctions, but not with soldiers.