Romania's ambassador to the United States Andrei Muraru on Wednesday underscored the importance of strengthening NATO's East Flank security, in a telephone conversation with United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, along with ambassadors to Washington of the Bucharest 9 (B9) countries, the Romanian Embassy in the USA announced on its Facebook page on Thursday.
Sullivan's conversation with the ambassadors of the Bucharest 9 states was aimed at consulting NATO allies on US policies and activities of interest to the region.
During the talks, the Romanian ambassador emphasised the importance of strengthening the security of the Eastern Flank, including strengthening the deterrent posture in the Black Sea area, in relation to the security challenges in the region, Agerpres informs.
Muraru voiced his hope that the process of re-evaluating the global position of the US will lead to a consistent American military presence on the Eastern Flank, including in Romania.
The United States National Security Advisor also briefed ambassadors on energy security issues, in particular Nord Stream 2, and provided details on the US relationship with the Russian Federation.
The Bucharest format (B9) is an initiative launched by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in which NATO member states on the Eastern Flank of the alliance participate: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. The B9 summit held in May this year in Bucharest was attended (online) for the first time by an American head of state, US President Joe Biden.