“A major challenge we share is the risk that some countries may try to instrumentalize migratory flows. We have witnessed this pattern several times in the past. And I am going to say clearly, to everybody, we will not allow this to reoccur,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Wednesday in joint statements with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu after their meeting in Bucharest.
“We, the EU countries in the wider region, have a primary responsibility and direct interest to push forward the integration process of the Western Balkans. Of course, in full respect of the set conditionalities,” he said and added: “We need to avoid, and we agree on that, the creation of a black hole in the Western Balkans.”
“Unless the EU feels the vacuum, others, that do not share the same principles, as Romania and Greece share, will try to fill it. Countries that support radical ideas, extremist movements,” he noted.
Dendias underlined that “we need to continue building a community of values and principles. Based on respect of International Law and in particular the Law of the Sea, in which this Ministry has a very proud tradition.”