Romania is not a target for Russia, as it is a NATO member, and an attack against Romania means an attack against NATO, said Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Saturday. “As member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Romania is perfectly safe, I believe there is no doubt about that,” Aurescu told Realitatea TV.
However, Aurescu stressed ‘the entire complex security situation’ in the neighbourhood should be treated carefully, including such messages, being confident “Romania will not be the target of eventual preventive attacks from the Russian Federation, as this would mean an attack against NATO.”
The Romanian Foreign Minister said the anti-missile system in Romania, “situated in a Romanian base, confirms the US presence in Romania on long term, this being a guarantee Romania is not going to turn to another sphere of influence.”
Romanian-Hungarian relations, outstanding potential – but rules have to be observed
Referring to Romanian-Hungarian relationship, FM Aurescu said “it has an outstanding potential”, but “the rules of the game have to be observed”.
“What matters to me and for the bilateral relationship between Romania and Hungary, which has an outstanding potential, is that rules of the game have to be observed and these rules of the game imply respecting the parameters we jointly convened upon. This is the surprising issue, we have to approach issues responsibly,” Bogdan Aurescu said.
“As long as these very important issues, these very important parameters are ignored, we would not be able to have a ‘normalized’ relationship, as the Hungarian PM wants it, although, from Romania’s point of view, I’d say it’s perfectly normalized,” FM Aurescu concluded.
Romania is not ‘direct target’ for ISIS
FM Aurescu said he does not believe Romania is a ‘direct’ target for ISIS, but added terrorism should not be ignored.
“Terrorism is growing lately. Romania is part of the anti-Islamic State coalition, but I don’t believe we are a direct target for the ISIS,” Aurescu said.
He added “no state can afford to ignore the potential of terrorism, Romania included, as a consequence, we need to take all precautions.”