Bogdan Aurescu, on North-American tour
The Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for strategic affairs Bogdan Aurescu will meet with deputy advisor for national security Anthony Blinken on Monday and Tuesday. He will also have meetings with Pamela Quanrud State Secretary’s deputy advisor for Europe, Dan Russel, deputy assistant to the State Secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus affairs and other American officials in the Pentagon and National Security Council. According to a press release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, talks will include the strategic mutual partnership on regional security, energy issues and NATO cooperation for a new strategic concept draft within the alliance. Another issue State Secretary Aurescu will discuss will be the Visa Waiver programme. After the US visit Bogdan Aurescu will go to Ottawa to discuss with local officials a reboot of mutual political relations in the context of 90 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Canada. The Romanian official will also sign the Canadian-Romanian accord for social security.
Geoana, Romania’s special envoy
The Social-Democrat presidential runner acknowledged having paid a private visit to Moscow aimed at ‘normalizing the Russia-Romania’ dialogue, although he was not empowered by the Supreme Council of National Defence, a body whose vice-president was at the time, to do so. ‘Today’s relationship with the Russian Federation is frosty, practically, normalizing the dialogue was my chief goal,’ was the reason Geoana provided Saturday for the ‘informal contacts’ he had in Moscow. Geoana having no mandate from CSAT was what Traian Basescu reproached him. ‘You can’t be the CSAT vice-president and travel for meetings in Moscow without even notifying the CSAT president about it,’ Traian Basescu reproached Geoana in a televised program, Geoana’s Senate president capacity would have allowed him a formal visit to his Russian counterpart at the most, yet not executive-related contacts. Despite allegations he had met with an adviser to Russian president Medvedev, Geoana gave no clue over who he met with in Moscow. Liberal presidential candidate Crin Antonescu, who called on Geoana to reveal the content of his negotiations with the adviser to president Medvedev, whether he asked for financial support for his campaign and had a CSAT mandate for the meeting, also criticized Geoana’s visit to Moscow. Antonescu did not find Geoana’s answer satisfactory.
on train boarded
by Ludovic Orban
A bomb alarm on the Bucharest-Budapest international train proved a fake. Liberal Leader Ludovic Orban was among the passengers who boarded the train which departed from Bucharest Saturday evening. Orban said he took the train after the alarm was proved to have been false. The train departed from Bucharest North Railway Station at 8:27 pm, with a 37-minute delay. The spokeswoman for the CFR Calatori railway authority, Oana Branzan, said a 112 call had been received about a bomb placed on the said train, which led to their evacuation a short while later. The railway police checked the train and found no explosive device on it, so that passengers got onto the Budapest-bound train.