While in Ukraine attacks of the invading Russian army continue, Romania receives visits of high-level officials who want to thank and encourage Romania for its support to Kyiv. Early this week the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier came to Bucharest where he met with President Klaus Iohannis, who took the opportunity to highlight that it was crucial that the European Union and the Member States should continue to support both Ukraine and the Ukrainian refugees, while also stressing the need to adopt new sanctions against Russia. Klaus Iohannis also pointed out that all war crimes committed by the Russian troops should be thoroughly investigated and punished by the international justice, reiterating that Romania would support this process. The Romanian head of state also said that Bucharest supported the European Commission’s proposal related to the ban on oil imports from Russia, pointing out that Romania had prepared for this situation. Stating that the German people were impressed by the solidarity and humaneness of Romanians towards the Ukrainian refugees, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, in turn, that Germany would be by Ukraine’s side during the difficult period. The visit of the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, to Romania was also announced for this weekend. The program includes meetings with U.S. military and diplomatic personnel, displaced Ukrainian parents and children and humanitarian aid workers.
Roxana Vasile, Radio Romania International