Nine countries of Bucharest Format Summit have condemned aggressive actions of Russia near the border of Ukraine and in the Black Sea as Euractiv cited joint statement of the presidents of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
“NATO faces clear threats and challenges at all strategic directions. Aggressive actions of Russia and build-up of the military potential not far from NATO, including the recent escalation in the Black Sea, at the borders of Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea, as well as its aggressive hybrid actions, continue to threaten the Euro-Atlantic security and challenge international order based on rules,” the message said.
Bucharest Format countries confirmed support of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in their internationally recognized borders.
“Following their proper European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, these countries will have our support in their efforts to enhance their steadiness to any foreign interference,” Bucharest 9 assured.
Bucharest Nine Summit took place on May 10. U.S. President Joe Biden also participated in it. The main issues of the summit were security in the Black Sea region and the situation around Ukraine.
On April 13, U.S. President Joe Biden called his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. The two leaders discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the growing military presence near the border of Ukraine. Biden offered Putin to hold a meeting in summer in Europe.
Finland, Austria and Switzerland stated the readiness to host the possible summit of the Russian and American presidents.