THE TRANSATLANTIC LINK DURING THE DECADE PRIOR TO ROMANIA’S ACCESSION IN NATO (1994 – 2004): TEMPORARY DISSENTIONS AND PERMANENT COMMON VALUES & INTERESTS
Abstract: During the decade that preceded Romania’s accession in NATO (1994 – 2004), the
transatlantic link was challenged by a series of divergences, with the United States’ unilateralism
being considered the most important element of dissention, over many political and military issues.
The temporary dissentions did not conduct to separation, both the United States and the
European officials expressing their commitment to the strengthening of the transatlantic link, within
a strong NATO. The USA Security Strategy, the EU Security Strategy, the final statements of NATO
summits, stress the importance of preserving the transatlantic link. All NATO members share the
same values and have common economic and security interests.
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