Thursday, March 23

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Brussels

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is in Brussels for a summit of the European Council starting on Thursday with Ukraine on the top of the agenda. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is also expected to attend the meeting while Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski will address the event through video link.. Guterres will be a guest at the summit days after the renewal of a deal brokered by the U.N. and Turkey on the safe export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he has won approval for his proposal to provide 1 billion euros aimed at encouraging member states to provide artillery shells from their stocks. Other topics will include EU’s competitiveness and its response to the $369 billion U.S. Inflation Reduction Act. Talks on Friday will focus on the economic and financial situation.

Romanian PM Nicolae Ciucă on a visit to Moldova

Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă is visting Kishinev on Thursday. The visit to Moldova’s capital will include meetings with the country’s President Maia Sandu, Prime Minister Dorin Recean and parliament speaker Igor Grosu. Mr. Ciucă is expected to reassess Romania’s support of Moldova on its path to European integration while also ensuring economic growth and internal stability of the country. In March, the US and Moldova held the Moldova – US Strategic Dialogue in Kishinev. The event included political talks between Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu, also a Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan.

Romania – UK Strategic Partnership

A meeting in London on Thursday was reported between Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs in the United Kingdon of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. “We are committed to collective defence through NATO. We will work together to strengthen the transatlantic relationship, coordinating on policies and initiatives that promote strategic resilience”, the two sides pledged in a document which also reads among other issues that “Romania and the UK will strengthen NATO’s long-term defence posture, ensuring it has a wide network of partnerships ready to tackle all threats to Euro-Atlantic security. Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea, especially in Ukraine, since 2014, highlight the importance of co-operating on our mutual security and collective defence. We will deepen our diplomatic, security and defence co-operation, strengthening our capacity to overcome current and future security threats”.

Alexandru Danga, RADOR