NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (center) and Romania s President Klaus Iohannis (center right) visit the Mihail Kogalniceanu Military Base, on February 11, 2022, in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. AFP
Romania borders Ukraine and is a member of NATO and the European Union. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that Russia "chose the reprehensible and completely illegal path of massive armed violence against an independent and sovereign state.''
Iohannis said that Romania, a country of about 19.5 million people, is ready to deal with the economic and humanitarian consequences that the conflict could generate.
He stressed that Romania will not be drawn into the military conflict in Ukraine and said Romanian authorities will take "absolutely all the necessary measures'' to ensure the safety of the country's citizens.