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February 27, 2021

Romania expelled three Russian diplomats after Ukraine espionage scandal

Romania’s ties with Russia have been affected by the recent espionage scandal with Ukraine, which led to the expulsion of two Ukrainian military attaches and three Russian diplomats, President Traian Basescu told a meeting of EU ambassadors last week, according a report by the Austrian embassy, quoted by Realitatea TV.

No news of any expelled Russian diplomats was made public since the espionage scandal broke out. A Romanian citizen and a Bulgarian are currently under investigation for allegedly selling military classified information to a Ukrainian embassy official. Initially, it was speculated that the classified information was being sold to Russia. On the other hand, Basescu talked about Russia’s involvement in Transdniester, saying that Moscow is growingly aggressive in maintaining its sphere of influence and will never leave the separatist Moldovan region.

Basescu also said that Romania will step up the process of granting Romanian citizenship to Moldovan citizens, a process aimed at “giving a chance to the younger generation of Moldovans.” He also said that Romania will not name a new ambassador to the R. of Moldova for the time being, after Mihnea Constantinescu’s nomination was rejected by Chisinau. Instead, Bucharest will promote a diplomat from its Chisinau embassy to charge d’affaires.

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