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September 25, 2021

Ukrainian ambassador talks with Teodor Melescanu about the missile shield

Ukraine’s ambassador in Bucharest, Markyian Kulyk met the chairman of the Senate’s Defence Commission, Teodor Melescanu for a talk over the US missile shield, as the Ukrainian side is concerned about the possibility of missiles being intercepted over its territory. The chairman of the Senate’s Commission for Defense, Piblic Order and Natinal Security, Teodor Melescanu met on Tuesday the Ukrainian ambassador in Bucharest, Markyian Kulik.

“They were concerned about the place where the eventual missiles would be intercepted. They wished to know if this will happen above Ukrainian soil. As far as I know, if things went this way, they would be intercepted above the Black Sea, at high altitude,” Melescanu said. The senator explained that he reiterated, during talks, the fact that it is a defensive system, which is open to all states, Ukraine included, but “this obviously depends on Kiev’s decision in its relation with NATO.”

“I also told them that, we will continue to promote the idea of protecting the whole territory of the EU, NATO and the rest of Europe,” Melescanu explained.

On the other hand, the leader of the Communists’ Party of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM), Vladimir Voronin voiced strong criticism at the Romanian authorities, along with his concern about the country’s decision to host elements of the US missile shield, in a talk with the US ambassador in Chisinau, Radio Free Europe reports on its internet page.

According to a press release issued by PCRM, Voronin told the American ambassador Asif J. Chaudhry that the decision might negatively influence the reintegration process of R. of Moldova and could be a destabilizing element for the security of the region. Voronin expressed his worries over recent statements made by Romanian officials, including President Traian Basescu and Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, as well as for Romania’s refuse to sign the base treaty and the border treaty with Moldova. In his opinion, these actions complicate the process of improving communications between Chisinau and Tiraspol, and also the general state of mind throughout the Moldovan society. In his turn, US Ambassador Asif J. Chaudhry explained his country’s position on placing elements of the missile shield in Romania, and assured this is only a defensive element, so the decision is far from destabilizing the regional security; on the contrary, it will reinforce it.

On the other hand, Communist legislator Vasile Sova declared that R. of Moldova – a neutral country – must discuss this matter with Bucharest. Sova also downplayed the recent warnings issued by the leader of the separatist region Transdniestr, Igo Smirnov, who said that he might ask Russia to relocate missiles in his region, so that to counter the plans of Romania and the United States. According to Sova, Smirnov’s remarks were “pure provocation.”

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