Romania and Ukraine have opened a new border crossing between their countries, the first since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca and his Ukrainian Premier Denys Shmyhal took part in the event on Thursday in northern Romania, northwest of the city of Suceava.
The new border crossing point, the 20th between the neighbors, links Vicovu de Sus (Romania) and Krasnoilsk (Ukrane) and was approved by the government in Bucharest on Wednesday.
„It is the first border crossing point opened after the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, between Ukraine and a member state of the European Union,” government spokesman Dan Carbunaru, told Agerpres.
”It’s the first new crossing in many years and it’s not just a crossing lpoint between Romania and Ukraine but a border crossing between Ukraine and the European Union,” Premier Ciuca said on Thursday.
Romania and Ukraine share a border of more than 600 kilometers.
The new crossing will facilitate transit and mobility for people and goods and has “a vital relevance” for Ukraine, he said.
He pointed out that the “illegal and premeditated aggression of Russia in Ukraine is producing disastrous consequences and effects for Ukrainians, which has implications on neighboring states and the whole continent.”
“Ukraine needs our solidarity, it needs the support the international community can offer in these moments.”
Romanian government spokesman Carbunaru said the border crossing would “target both the international traffic of people, those on foot and in vehicles, and will be permanently open. This will speed up and facilitate border crossings.”