Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has agreed with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu on protecting Ukrainian citizens in Romania during restrictions on transport connection and uninterrupted transit of Ukrainian goods through territory of Romania. The Minister also drew the attention of his Romanian counterpart to the inadmissibility of Russia's attempts to dilute sanctions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This was emphasized their telephone conversation on Wednesday, March 25.
"I appeal to you to fully support the citizens of Ukraine who are in Romania at the time when the transport connection is literally terminated, and I confirm that you can count on our corresponding attitude towards the citizens of Romania in Ukraine during this difficult period," Dmytro Kuleba said.
The Foreign Minister thanked the his Romanian counterpart for readiness of Romania to ensure uninterrupted transit of Ukrainian goods between Ukraine and the EU through the territory of Romania.
Bogdan Aurescu confirmed that Romania has always been a staunchest supporter of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as the integration of our country into the EU and NATO. The Romania’s Foreign Minister also assured of support for international organizations and formats Romania is a party to. Dmytro Kuleba expressed his gratitude to Bogdan Aurescu for unwavering support of Ukraine. The Foreign Ministers also discussed the importance of protecting the rights of the Romanian minority in Ukraine.
"I would also like to егкт your attention to Russia's calls for the dilution of sanctions under the pretext of a coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic crisis in the world. These calls are irrelevant and inadmissible. It is very important that no one can take advantage of the current difficult situation to achieve political goals. The sanctions were imposed as a result of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and the pandemic of the coronavirus has nothing to do with them, "Dmytro Kuleba underscored.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania assured his Ukrainian counterpart that he agreed with this approach to maintaining sanctions against Russia. Bogdan Aurescu invited Dmytro Kuleba to pay a visit to Romania.