Iohannis, press statement from 17.00, on the topic of NATO

The Presidential Administration announced that the head of state will hold a press statement, starting at 5:00 p.m., on the topic of NATO. The Western press wrote in the past weeks that President Klaus Iohannis would target the position of Secretary General.

President Klaus Iohannis at a NATO event PHOTO Presidency

The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, will hold a press statement on the topic of NATO on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 5:00 p.m., at the Cotroceni Palace. is the brief announcement of the Presidential Administration.

The international press, through correspondents of some top publications (Bloomberg and Politico) at the White House and NATO, was the one who put on the agenda the fact that President Klaus Iohannis intends to enter the race for the position of Secretary General of NATO, where the only candidate who enjoyed support was Mark Rutte, the resigned prime minister of the Netherlands. In fact, Rutte has been announced that he will receive support from many countries, including the United States, Great Britain and Germany. But Eastern European countries would want someone different from Rutte, with a clearer approach to what the war in Ukraine means and how to manage the relationship with Russia. The new head of the Alliance is decided by consensus, so all 31 states must agree, preferably by the July NATO Summit in Washington. Also from Washington sources came the first information about the intention announced by Romania through informal channels, to be later duplicated by NATO sources.

At the official level in Romania, the Presidential Administration specified that it does not comment on “rumors”, in terms of views provided publicly, while the spokesperson of the Government, Mihai Constantin, stated that it does not have data regarding an official communication made by Romania for supporting Iohannis for a top position at NATO.

Instead, Mihai Tudose, close to Prime Minister Ciolacu and important PSD leader, emphasized, in an intervention on Antena 3, that the Government did not send any notification: “The Romanian government did not send any paper (no – to NATO)“, pointed out Tudose, who affirmed that first serious discussions are held, then the step is taken for Iohannis' proposal. However, both the PSD and the Romanian Government would “obviously” support Iohannis for such a position. The support was also reiterated by Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu