In Moscow, State Secretary Aurescu introduces latest developments in implementing US-Romania ballistic missile defence agreement

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State Secretary with Romania”s Foreign Ministry (MAE) Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday in Moscow voiced Romania”s support for an agreement between NATO and Russia on missile defence, introducing to Russia”s Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov the latest developments in the implementation of the US-Romania ballistic missile defence agreement.

Aurescu and Titov met in the Russian capital to discuss bilateral cooperation between Russia and Romania and other foreign affairs topics.

„We discussed the relations between NATO and Russia, and in this context we enlarged on Romania”s stand on the developments in the ballistic missile defence system and I showed that Romania is supporting Russia and NATO reaching an agreement in the spirit of the agreements opened at the November 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, because, as far as Romania is concerned, a real partnership between NATO and Russia is an objective that has to be supported to the benefit of both sides,” said Aurescu .

„Besides the missile defence system, and I want to say that I introduced the latest developments in the bilateral US-Romania agreement on ballistic missile defence, there are other elements in the relationship between NATO and Russia on which the two have shared stands,” Aurescu said, particularly in relation to cooperation in Afghanistan.

Another topic discussed regarded the relationship between Russia and the European Union. Romania can contribute to a closer rapprochement between the EU and the Russian Federation, including in a conversation about the liberalisation of the visa regime for Russian nationals, Aurescu told Titov.

At a bilateral level, the two officials noted that the economic relations between the two countries are excellent, underscoring that „they are currently an excellent platform for developing political relations between Russia and Romania.” Trade between the two countries exceeded $4.3 billion in 2011, up 14.1 percent from the year before.

Aurescu extended Titov an invitation to continue their conversation in the second part of the year at a new round of consultations in Bucharest.

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