NATO Denies Deliberate Russian Attack in Romania UAV Incident

news 07-Sep-2023 Europe

NATO Denies Deliberate Russian Attack in Romania's UAV Incident

NATO does not consider the wreckage of a UAV in Romania as a result of a deliberate Russian attack. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a joint meeting of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security Committees that NATO has no information suggesting that the incident with the drone in Romania was a "deliberate Russian attack" and that they are awaiting the results of the investigation.

Yesterday, in a statement received by RIA Novosti, NATO mentioned the incident in Romania and stated that the alliance has "significantly increased its presence in the Black Sea region" over the past year, continues to closely monitor the situation in the country, and maintain close contact with Bucharest. On Wednesday, the Romanian television channel Antena-3, citing Defense Minister Angela Tyvar, reported the discovery of wreckage that could be from drones on the country's territory. The head of the ministry emphasized that the objects pose no danger. Romanian President Klaus Johannis called for an urgent investigation. On Monday night, an air alarm was announced in the Odessa region, and local media reported explosions in the city of Izmail. The Ukrainian operational command "South" stated that equipment of agricultural and industrial enterprises in the region had been damaged.

The spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, wrote on social media, citing the border service, that Russian drones allegedly crashed and detonated on Romanian territory. In response, the Romanian Ministry of Defense stated that Moscow's weapons have never posed "direct military threats to Romania's national territory or territorial waters."

This incident comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, particularly in the Black Sea region. NATO has been increasing its presence in the area in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. However, NATO's Secretary General has made it clear that they do not have any evidence to suggest that this incident was a deliberate attack by Russia.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and it is important to wait for the results before drawing any conclusions. It is crucial for all parties involved to exercise restraint and avoid escalating tensions further. Dialogue and diplomatic channels should be utilized to address any concerns or disputes. NATO remains committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

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