The Romanian Foreign Ministry reiterates the firm position of condemning and unrecognizing the illegal annexation by the Russian Federation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as well as its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally-recognized borders. Nine years on since its illegal annexation by Russia on March 18th, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry says in a press release on Saturday that the annexation is a blatant violation of international law as well as of the multilateral documents signed by Russia, including the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. According to the same sources Romania condemns the use of the Crimean territory by Russia during the illegal and unprovoked aggression commenced by Russia on February 24th 2022. ‘Romania also doesn’t recognize the illegal annexation by the Russian Federation of the regions in eastern Ukraine (Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhzhia), which are an inalienable part of Ukraine’s national territory under the international law.’

Eugen Cojocariu, Radio Romania International