Reactions from Bucharest to the situation in Syria and the combined military operation conducted by the US, the UK and France: Romania firmly condemns use of chemical weapons, stands in solidarity with its allies and strategic partners

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President Iohannis: We stand in solidarity with actions of our strategic partners

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday that Romania further condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria and expressed his full solidarity regarding the actions of our strategic partners.

“Romania further condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which is beyond any justification. We stand in solidarity with the actions of our strategic partners,” Iohannis wrote on Twitter.

 

Romanian Gov’t endorses and stands in solidarity with action of US, UK and France in Syria

 

Romania endorses and stands in solidarity with the firm response action of the US, the UK and France in Syria, following the chemical attack on 7 April 2018, a release of the Government on Saturday informs.

“Romania’s Government condemns, in the most categorical terms, the chemical attack on 7 April 2018, which resulted in casualties among the civilian population. Romania supports and stands in solidarity with the firm response action of the US, the UK and France, following the chemical attack, and reiterates its firm support for any effort of the international community destined to end the conflict in Syria,” the Gov’t release mentions.

 

MAE firmly condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria, pleads for culprits to be held responsible

 

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) firmly condemns, yet again, the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances, in any situation, taking into account that committing such acts has no justification, and pleads for holding responsible, following an investigation, the persons found guilty of committing such an act.

“The concerning reports regarding a new chemical weapon attack on 7 April 2018 against the population of Douma in Syria, must be urgently investigated, in an independent and impartial manner. The Foreign Affairs Ministry pleads for holding accountable, following an investigation, the people found guilty of committing such an act,” a MAE release on Saturday informs.

According to the quoted source, the military operation conducted by the US, the UK and France on 14 April, represents a firm reaction to the atrocities that resulted in numerous victims among the civilian population of Douma.

“Romania stand in solidarity with its allies and strategic partners. The Foreign Affairs Ministry stresses the necessity to solve the conflict in Syria, which caused suffering among the Syrian population. It also believes that, it is essential that all the parties involved in the Syrian file continue to actively endorse the UN demarches destined to end this crisis, based on the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, especially the Resolution 2254/2015 and the Geneva Communique (2012),” the MAE release reads.

 

Speaker Dragnea says use of chemical weapons represents serious violation of fundamental norms of international law

 

The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable under any circumstances and represents a flagrant violation of the international non-proliferation regime, of the fundamental norms of international law, House Speaker and Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea said on Saturday.

“I express my solidarity with our allies, the US, the UK and France, that responded on 14 April 2018, in a firm and proportional manner, to the chemical attack in Douma, East Ghouta (the Syrian Arab Republic), which resulted in casualties among the civilian population, including children. I believe that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable under any circumstances and represents a flagrant violation of the international non-proliferation regime, of the fundamental norms of international law,” Dragnea wrote on Facebook.

 

Tariceanu: A reaction was necessary to warn the regime in Damascus

 

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that the missile strike on Syria was a necessary reaction on the part of the U.S., UK, and France in order to issue a warning for the regime in Damascus and its allies, Russia and Iran.

“I look with concern at the deterioration of the security situation in Syria, already gravely affected by the fighting that various parties have waged over the years, fighting that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, has created millions of refugees and has caused immense material damage. We express our solidarity with our strategic allies – the U.S., United Kingdom and France – in their joint answer in response to the unacceptable act of using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. We once again condemn, in the firmest of terms, the committal of such actions of destructive potential, and we reiterate our firm support for any effort meant to put an end to the conflict in Syria. I evaluate the decision to use force, a decision jointly taken by the United States, France and United Kingdom, from a single standpoint: the necessity of this deterring action that targets exclusively the Syrian chemical arsenal used against civilians in violation of all regulations codified in international law,” Tariceanu wrote on Facebook on Saturday evening.

The ALDE President added that even though the best way to solve a conflict is through peaceful diplomacy, the actions carried out by the U.S. and its allies were necessary in this case, and Romania is sympathetic to its strategic partners.

“I consider that this reaction was necessary to warn the regime in Damascus and its allies, Russia and Iran, that such actions cannot be tolerated and will always get an appropriate reaction. Undoubtedly, the best form to settle the conflict continues to be the political, diplomatic and peaceful formula, but I believe that, just like the President of the Russian Federation expresses his concern about this response, a specific and well-targeted response against military bases and production facilities, he should also have expressed his concern and should have condemned without any kind of ambiguity the use of chemical weapons against the peaceful population in Douma,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu added.

 

Traian Basescu: It was an operation meant to test new technical capabilities

 

Ex-President Traian Basescu labelled Saturday’s missile strikes in Syria as “an operation to test the new technical capabilities.” In the ex-President’s opinion, Russia will not respond because “it doesn’t want a conflict with the U.S.”

“It was a routine operation and an operation to test the new technical capabilities. (…) None of the allies’ missiles was destroyed. A successful test was carried out beyond the political red line that NATO drew. The use of chemical weapons against the population has been banned for 90 years. That’s what was used there. (…) The strike was of unbelievable accuracy. You said a few civilians were injured. Three. 118 missiles. It was an operation that demonstrates the technology. Unfortunately, Syria is a shooting range,” ex-President Traian Basescu commented on Saturday’s missile strike in Syria.

Asked what he thinks Russia will do in response, Traian Basescu said: “They’ll issue the 187th warning that if it happens again it will be a disaster.” “It’s clear the Russian Federation doesn’t want to enter a conflict with the U.S.”

 

Adrian Nastase: Green lizards swallow anything

 

Ex-Premier Adrian Nastase commented on his blog the strikes that the West carried out in Syria on the morning of April 14, suggesting that he doubts the accuracy of the reasons invoked by Washington and ironizing the credulity and ignorance of the public that allows itself to be influenced by the internet. “The show was embarrassing,” Adrian Nastase, who is also ex-Foreign Minister, wrote.

“The globalised world we are living in is increasingly based on the existence of “green lizards” – individuals who swallow everything they are given as information. The internet helps them out. That is why they no longer need to judge on their own. They fuel themselves with ‘likes.’ They vote like sheep with their phone lanterns.

“Let’s take the example of the bombing in Syria. Did the Russians need yet another “chemical” scandal? Only if they’re masochists. Did Assad’s troops need chemical bomblets (they affected only some 40 persons), considering that they had already conquered that locality? Only if they’re idiots. Maybe they are. Or if they wanted to create a problem for the Russians,” Adrian Nastase wrote.

“At any rate, the show was embarrassing. Several areas were bombed after the Russians were told not to be around,” the PSD leader considers.

He believes that, for domestic considerations, President Trump needed to “flex his muscles at the Russians,” while the French would like to return to a region that was their colony after the First World War.

“The U.S., United Kingdom and France? A new “coalition of the good”? Is Romania part of it? Did the strategic partner consult it? (…) Are we talking about a humanitarian intervention to trigger a new wave of Syrian migrants toward Europe?” Adrian Nastase wrote.

“The green lizard will swallow anything. Including Elena Udrea’s political asylum,” the ex-Premier concluded.