Victoria Nuland
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Presidential Palace
Bucharest, Romania
January 10, 2014

President Traian Basescu: Nice to see you back in Bucharest. It's an honor for us having you here.

Assistant Secretary Nuland: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. It's good to see you again.

President Traian Basescu: You must be tired after your flight in Europe.

Assistant Secretary Nuland: I'm paid not to be tired, as are you. Great to see you.

President Traian Basescu: It's a great pleasure for us, too, to discuss the problems which we have.

Assistant Secretary Nuland: And the importance of our alliance together. It's a very important strategic relationship, the United States and Romania.

President Traian Basescu: Of course. And I hope the small misunderstandings will not affect the substance of our relations.

Assistant Secretary Nuland: I am here to celebrate 10 years of NATO membership, to talk about all we've done together and to talk about how we go forward.

President Traian Basescu: Thank you…

President Traian Basescu: I remember the successful summit in Bucharest and the way how we obtained the summit was absolutely spectacular.

Assistant Secretary Nuland: It was a great historic moment, for your country and for all of us.