Romanian President: Russia ties should combine dialogue, deterrence
Relations with the Russian Federation should be a combination of “strong deterrence and dialogue,” President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis said during a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington June 9, the White House reports.
Answering the reporter’s question on how concerned should the world be about Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and how concerned should the Americans be about what Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections, Iohannis confirmed that “everybody is concerned,” adding that “being concerned leads you to being prepared.”
Read alsoPoroshenko: Russia's aggression against Ukraine challenge for whole Black Sea region“So in my opinion, we have to be very clear, very simple and very straightforward if we talk about Russia and with Russia. In my opinion, we need dialogue. But, on the other hand, we need what we all together decided in NATO, a strong deterrence. So this combination -- strong deterrence and dialogue -- should lead towards a solution which is feasible for every part,” said the Romanian president.
Read alsoStoltenberg says NATO allies confirm support of UkraineAs UNIAN reported earlier, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly stated that the Alliance retained a united position regarding Russia –“deterrence and dialogue.”