The meeting of Heads of State of Eastern and Central European NATO member-states began on Friday in Bucharest. President Katalin Novák represents Hungary at the so-called Bucharest Nine (B9) Summit.
The Baltic states, the Visegrád countries, Bulgaria and Romania initiated the security policy coordination between Romania and Poland in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, in order to jointly push for the strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank.
The current summit was jointly convened by Romanian President Klaus Johannis and Polish President Andrzej Duda, because of the war in Ukraine. Their goal has not changed: they want the B9 to act as one to strengthen the security of the Eastern flank at the NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30.
President of Hungary Katalin Novák and other participants were received by the two hosts of the B9 summit, the Romanian and Polish Heads of State, at the Presidential Office in Bucharest. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who was originally expected in Romania, could only join the meeting online due to illness.
Katalin Novák will also speak at the B9 meeting. The President’s working visit to Bucharest includes bilateral talks.
Featured image: Estonian President Alar Karis, Latvian President Egils Levits, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, and Hungarian President Katalin Novák at the Heads of State Summit of the Eastern and Central European NATO member states, the Bucharest Nine (B9), at the Cotroceni Palace, the residence of the Heads of State in Bucharest, on June 10, 2022. Photo by Romanian Presidential Office/MTI