It can be said that the Bucharest Nine Summits before the NATO summit are good practice. This time, the leaders of the B9 met in the Romanian capital and there is no doubt that these are important deliberations, as they took place during the war.
We meet at a special moment. Ukraine has been battling Russian invaders for four months and Madrid gears up for NATO summit
– noted Andrzej Duda at the beginning of his inaugural address. The Polish leader reiterated that “one of the most important things today is to support and strengthen Ukraine on its way to association with the EU structures.
The Polish president flew directly from Rome to Bucharest, where he met President Sergio Mattarella. The day before, Duda was in Portugal. The leaders of these countries agree that Ukraine must be kept in the western sphere of influence at all costs.
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In Bucharest, an 11-point document was signed, a joint statement by leaders. This is a summary and compilation of the key issues related to Russia’s nearly four-month-long war in Ukraine, which the leaders of the “Nine” decided to address.
The evaluation of the actions of the Russian Federation, whose troops attacked Ukraine on February 24, is clearly reflected.
We have once again strongly condemned Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression against Ukraine with Belarus (…), a brutal attack on a rules-based international order that has led to one of the most serious security crises in Europe in decades† (…) We urge Russia to change its aggressive behavior, withdraw its troops from the internationally recognized territory of Ukraine, ensure responsibility for war crimes and atrocities and return to action in accordance with international law. NATO must draw the necessary conclusions regarding relations with Russia
– we read in the document. The last sentence of this point in particular clearly sets the tone in which the B9 countries will want to discuss at the Madrid Summit. It is no relief that the civilized world calls Ukraine a free country, Volodymyr Zelensky as a democratically elected president, and calls for the preservation of the territorial integrity of our neighbor.
MARCH TO THE WEST
An important part of the meeting was the item “Ukraine’s European aspirations”. This is directly related to Andrzej Duda’s journey to Portugal and Italy.
We are determined to continue and increase our aid to Ukraine, as a strong and democratic Ukraine is important for security and stability in Europe. We have protected millions of Ukrainian refugees
– stated in the statement, which contained suggestions in the main points for the participants in the NATO summit in Madrid. The continued reinforcement of the Alliance’s forces on the eastern and southern flanks is a priority. Such a necessity is justified by the very dynamically changing war situation.
We agreed that (…) the ongoing regional instability on the southern flank of the Alliance requires continued NATO efforts and vigilance. (…) At this critical juncture, we emphasized the importance of a lasting transatlantic connection in which North America and Europe are one in NATO. We praised the Allies’ declaration that “will defend every inch of NATO territory”
– we read in the declaration.
To ensure that these issues do not remain mere statements, specific NATO decisions are needed. This will happen in Madrid, where the new Strategic Concept “of the Alliance” will be adopted, which will “reflect, among other things, the new security reality created by Russia’s war with Ukraine”. It is clear that NATO’s strength lies largely in the involvement of the United States. That is why President Andrzej Duda spoke with President Andrzej Duda before he left for Southern Europe.
The leaders of the B9 countries also recognize the idea of Finland and Sweden joining NATO. The strategic location and military potential of these countries would undoubtedly increase deterrence and, above all, send a signal to Russia.
The Bucharest Nine seems to be a very fair format. It brings together countries that strive not only for unity in the circle of strong states. The statement also suggests that Moldova and Georgia, the non-associated countries but still threatened by Russian expansion, can count on B9’s help.
Unsurprisingly, most international meetings today are on the agenda about the situation created by the Russian attack on Ukraine. Kiev listens to them with interest, sometimes President Zelensky speaks through video links.
In the near future, the European Union has the chance to take a historic step that will prove that its words about the Ukrainian nation’s belonging to the European family are not empty. (…) In the context of Ukraine being part of the European family, we need to move from words to deeds
– he said at the end of the democracy summit in Copenhagen. The Ukrainian leader was annoyed by the resistance of some countries.
Why are there still politicians who are skeptical or hesitant about whether Ukraine should join the European Union? Why? Why has the Ukrainian people heard for so long that it must be in the gray zone between the European Union and Russia. Why? If Russia cynically breaks literally all important documents of international law, why are there people who have been hesitant to block any relationship with this country until now?
These bitter words show two things. First, the direction suggested by B9 is good. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, this message must be conveyed to the largest EU countries.