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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg disclosed there is no existing evidence to suggest the drone debris discovered in Romania resulted from a targeted Russian assault on the nation.
The port in question has witnessed a spike in attacks since July, linked to Russia’s cessation of an agreement that had effectively ended a blockage of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. The NATO chief noted the absence of any proof to label the act as a purposeful Russian assault, as he told EU lawmakers, “We don’t have any information indicating an intentional attack by Russia, and we are awaiting the outcome of the ongoing investigation.”
However, Stoltenberg highlighted the potential dangers posed by Russian air raids conducted close to NATO’s jurisdiction, suggesting it to be a breeding ground for “incidents and accidents.” He continued, “Regardless of that outcome (of the investigation), what we have seen of course is a lot of fighting and also air attacks close to NATO borders.”
On Thursday, an official statement from Romania’s defense ministry reassured that neither the country’s territory nor its territorial waters faced any immediate threats following the Russian strikes on Ukraine the previous night.
This comes after Ukraine claimed that the Russian drones were detonated over Romanian Air Space, a claim that the Russian government has pushed back on and labeled “propaganda.”