Russia’s request for “NATO to withdraw from Romania and Bulgaria” has been rejected by NATO. NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said, “We reject any idea of influence over Europe. We respond properly to any threat to us, especially by strengthening our common defense.”
As the Ukraine crisis continues to escalateBetween Russia and the United States and NATO, NATO has rejected Russia’s request to “withdraw from NATO Romania and Bulgaria”. “NATO will not give up our ability to protect and defend each other, including the presence of troops in the eastern part of the alliance,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement.
Lungescu said Russia’s request would create first- and second-class NATO members, adding that they rejected it. “We reject any idea of influence over Europe,” Lungescu said.
Lungescu also said NATO has always been vigilant and continues to assess the need to strengthen the eastern part of the alliance.
During the dialogue between NATO and Russia, it was reported that Russia had submitted a request to NATO asking romania and Bulgaria to withdraw, and that Moscow wanted to return to the conditions of 1997 and to reassure Russia by taking a decision that would have legal validity for NATO. BULGARIA’S RESPONSE TO RUSSIA
Bulgaria, mentioned in Russia’s request, responded to Russia’s request with a NATO-line response. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov reminded parliament that Bulgaria is a sovereign country and used its preference on the part of NATO membership years ago, urging Russia to pursue constructive dialogue on Ukraine.