BUCHAREST, Romania — NATO Deputy-General Secretary Mircea Geoana said on Monday there is “no risk” that Alliance member Romania will be dragged into a war following the recent discovery of drone fragments on its territory near the border with war-torn Ukraine.
“The most important thing is to re-confirm the fact that there is no indication of a deliberate action (by Russia) to strike Romanian territory and therefore NATO territory,” Geoana told journalists during a visit to a school near Romania's capital, Bucharest.
The NATO deputy chief's comments come days after Romanian authorities have twice confirmed the discovery of drone fragments on the country's soil amid sustained attacks by Russian forces on Ukraine's Danube River ports across the river from NATO member Romania.
But the proximity of Russia's attacks on the other side of the Danube has left Romanian citizens living nearby fearing that the war could spill into their country.
“When you hear the sounds of war a few hundred meters from your home, from the place you work, it will generate emotion and anxiety,” said Geoana, a former Romanian foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. “But there is no risk for Romania to be engaged in this conflict.”
After the second discovery of drone fragments on Saturday, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis responded by saying they were “similar to those used by the Russian army” and that the incident…