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Zelensky arrives in Romania for talks with president

by Dinara Khalilova and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 10, 2023 11:34 AM 2 min read
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis prior to their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 16, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Bucharest on Oct. 10 for his first official visit to Romania since Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine began.

Zelensky will meet with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis to discuss further military cooperation, Ukraine’s air defense capabilities, security in the Black Sea region, and relations with allies.

“First of all, Ukraine is grateful to Romania for its sincere and large-scale assistance, which significantly strengthens our defense,” Zelensky said via his Telegram channel.

“And also - for the most constructive solidarity, which enables our countries to significantly contribute to the world's security, in particular, food security."

Romania vows support for Ukraine’s EU aspirations, grain transit
“Romania and some of the other (EU) members with the longest borders with Ukraine understand well the consequences of the war in Ukraine,” Romania’s top diplomat, Luminita Odobescu, said in Kyiv ahead of the meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers.

Zelensky’s visit comes amid Russian continuous attacks on port and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine’s Odesa Oblast bordering Romania. Overnight on Oct. 10, Russia launched dozens of drones at the southern region, damaging transport infrastructure, according to Governor Oleh Kiper.

Debris from Russian attack drones have been found in Romania at least three times, followed by Bucharest introducing new security measures to protect the civilian population near the Danube River.

While the attacks are not intentionally targeting Romania, the situation is still "unacceptable," Iohannis said on Sept. 21.

Reuters: Romania moves air defense systems to border with Ukraine
Romania is moving its air defense systems closer to its border with Ukraine, Reuters reported on Sept. 29. Additional measures include the deployment of four U.S. F-16 jets and an expanded no-fly zone.
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