Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Andrei Marga, who positions himself as a political scientist, said during a presentation of his book that Ukraine should cede territory to its neighbours – Russia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.
“We are in an absolutely exceptional situation, and I say with all responsibility that Ukraine is in unnatural borders. It must cede the following territories to Hungary – Transcarpathia, Poland – Galicia, Romania – Bukovyna, and Russia – Donbas and Crimea. These are the territories of other countries,” the politician said.
Also, according to him, there is “no democracy” in Ukraine.
“For the time being, there is still a long way to democracy there; parties are currently banned there, and televisions are currently under the control of one of them. There are very rich people who leave with money from the country, a country where most of the people leave with money can’t be either democratic or developed,” Marga noted.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Romania reacted to this statement and expressed regret over the politician’s words.
“We regret that Andrei Marga, a former minister of a European and democratic state, makes statements that call into question the basic principles of international law, in particular regarding the inviolability of borders. Ensuring full respect for these principles is the basis of security and stability on the continent,” the embassy posted on Twitter.
Ukrainian diplomats emphasise that such statements are unacceptable under any circumstances.
“They are a particularly flagrant deviation at a time when Ukraine is heroically defending its independence and the security of the whole of Europe,” the embassy added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania assured that it “categorically rejects” the position of Marga, who accepts, encourages and promotes malicious narratives spread by Russia.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again declares its firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders,” the report reads.
As a reminder, since the beginning of a full-scale invasion, Romania has been helping Ukraine in the military and humanitarian spheres.