Romanian President Klaus Iohannis advocates for the reduced negative impact of Russia’s actions on Moldova and Georgia, “partner states that are already feeling pressure from Moscow.”
At the European Council’s extraordinary meeting, the Romanian President stressed the importance of providing the necessary financial support to strengthen the partners’ sustainability, ipn.md reports.
“We are facing the biggest challenge in the modern history of Europe, and it is absolutely necessary to continue to closely coordinate responses and approaches with Euro-Atlantic allies, in particular the United States and NATO,” the Romanian Presidency said in a press release.
The European leaders participating in the conference condemned the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, stressing that Russia’s illegal military actions are a blatant violation of international law and the principles of the UN Charter and undermine stability and security at the European and global levels.
A package of additional restrictive measures was also agreed upon, which will lead to huge and serious expenses for Russia’s actions against Ukraine. The sanctions will cover the financial, energy, transport sectors, dual-use goods, as well as export control and financing, visa policy. The Council of the European Union must approve without delay the proposals prepared by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union. The European leaders called for the urgent preparation and adoption of an additional package of individual and economic sanctions, which will also cover Belarus.
The European leaders also agreed that the European Union will continue to work closely with its neighbors and reaffirmed their unconditional support and commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. The European Union will continue to coordinate closely with its partners and allies within the UN, OSCE, NATO and G7.