Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has warned European leaders about growing risks in the Black Sea region as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
EU leaders agreed a summit on Monday to impose a ban on Russian oil imports–with some exceptions–in their latest package of sanctions over Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the leaders discussed other issues impacted by the war, such as energy prices, the security of food supplies and defense policy.
„Romania’s president voiced his concern about the recent developments… both in terms of security and the humanitarian situation in eastern and southern Ukraine, “ a statement on Tuesday from his office said.
“He pointed out that risks in the Black Sea region are growing and European efforts should focus on providing assistance… and providing an adequate response to the complex implications of the military conflict, including in terms of the repercussions on energy and food security,” the statement said.
Mr Iohannis said that Ukraine’s reconstruction process will require sustained efforts in the medium and long term and the EU will continue to play an important role in tandem with international partners.
He emphasized humanitarian aid and facilitating grain exports through Romanian’s Black Sea ports of Constanta and Danube ports.
The EU must give a ‘strong’ message of political support to Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia’s membership bids.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky joined the European Council meeting by video link.
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