Romania's President Ion Iliescu cancelled a planned visit to Armenia on Monday, citing the international situation following the launch of the air strikes on Afghanistan.
Iliescu was due to arrive in Yerevan on Monday for a two-day official visit. Armenian officials sources said he informed President Robert Kocharian of the cancellation of the trip in a phone conversation. Kocharian was quoted by his press service as saying that the move is "understandable."
Iliescu said late Sunday that Romania will consider itself a "de facto member of NATO" in the current international situation, according to The Associated Press. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Romania has pledged use of its airspace and logistical support to fight terrorism.
Armenia, which unlike Romania does not aspire to NATO membership, has also allowed overflights of its territory by warplanes of the U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition.