Ukraine developments stir concern in Bucharest


President Traian Basescu on Saturday evening, at 7 pm, local time, convened a working meeting with the national security structures in order to discuss the situation in Crimea. The Presidency emphasized the fact that it was not a meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT).
One of the conclusions of the meeting is that Romania is not directly affected by the situation in Ukraine and there are no immediate risks for this country’s national security. According to a press release by the Presidency and quoted by Agerpres, Romania has not raised the alert level of the national security structures. Moreover, ‘Romania will continue to be active in the relations with its allies in the talks about the events in Ukraine; Romania’s President, Mr Traian Basescu, empowered the representatives of the Romanian State to present Romania’s position in principle during the ensuing debates on this subject in the structures of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and of the European Union (EU),’ reads the above-mentioned source. Romania will go on monitoring with utmost care both the situation in Ukraine and the separatist developments in the Republic of Moldova, also reads the release of the Presidency referring to the conclusions of the meeting held at the Cotroceni Palace.
The Presidential Administration announced previously, on Saturday, through a press release, that Romania opined that any presence of the troops of the Russian Federation in Ukraine’s territory, without its assent and outside the bilateral agreements and the already existing Ukrainian notifications, could be regarded as an aggression to Ukraine.
Also, Basescu requests that the troop movements in the Peninsula of Crimea should strictly observe the provisions of the 1994 Agreement of Budapest on guaranteeing Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and should confine themselves to the bilateral documents on the presence of the Russian troops in the Peninsula of Crimea on the basis of the Agreements of Kharkov and of all the elements that were subsequently notified by the Ukrainian authorities.
Russia not seeking conflict with a NATO
member state, thus Romania not a target
On the other hand, President Basescu said on Sunday that Russia is not seeking a conflict with a NATO-member state, Romania is categorically not a target of a possible act of aggression against Ukraine. ‘In terms of security, Romania’s borders are safe, secure and protected. (…) Romania is once again engulfed by conflicts, in a region of conflict if the situation in Ukraine escalates and in an area of instability. In the south, in the Balkans, there is Bosnia and Herzegovina, where people are in the streets, there is the Ukraine crisis, Moldova with a Transdnestr launching challenges against the Chisinau administration (…),’ Basescu said at the ‘After 20 years’ talk-show aired on ProTv. According to him, there is a risk that the region could be introduced into an area of instability and as a result Romania’s funding costs will increase. ‘The direct investments will decline. There are no risks to independence, territorial sovereignty as far as Romania is concerned. There cannot be such risks,’ the head of state said.
Live on ProTV, Traian Basescu said his message to Russian leader Vladimir Putin would be, “Stop playing games in the Republic of Moldavia and, secondly, limit yourself to the agreement with Ukraine.”
MAE, Senate react
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) deeply regrets the deterioration of the situation in Crimea, an important region in southern Ukraine. According to a press release MAE sent to Agerpres on Saturday, the preservation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are, from the viewpoint of Romania and of the international community, basic elements, which are ‘absolutely necessary’ for preserving regional stability and security.
Crin Antonescu, Senate Speaker and chairman of PNL, announced he would call a meeting of the Permanent Bureaus today to set up a joint Parliament session for Tuesday, where a statement regarding the situation in Ukraine should be drafted. “As Ukraine’s neighboring country and a country located at the eastern border of the EU and NATO, Romania should have a more visible presence these days and be much more active diplomatically,” Antonescu argued.
Senator Mircea Geoana, High Representative of the Prime Minister for the promotion of strategic economic and public diplomacy projects, on Friday discussed over phone with Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, the topics being the new political situation in Romania and events in Ukraine and in the Republic Moldova.
Wounded from Kiev, young persons having gunshot, blast injuries and burns
The military plane carrying casualties of the Ukraine violent clashes landed on Saturday afternoon at the Otopeni 90th Airlift Base. The wounded were be transported by four multiple-casualty ambulances to the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, the ‘Floreasca’ Emergency Hospital, the ‘Elias’ Hospital and the ‘Bagdasar Arseni’ Hospital. Most of the victims have gunshot wounds, burns or blast injuries. The Secretary of State Raed Arafat said that most patients are young, born after the ‘80s.

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