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May 22, 2022

SRI head: Spies sent to Romania eye EU, NATO and energy projects intel

In an exclusive interview to ‘Romania libera’ daily newspaper, Romanian Intelligence Service chief George Maior said that both the US army base near Constanta and talks on the US anti-missile shield “stirred up the interest of some actors beyond Romania’s eastern border, and not only.” Spies sent to Romania are interested in EU and NATO intelligence, but also in the country’s energy projects. “In our view, Romania is facing two major sets of threats: unconventional ones, from terror risks to drug trafficking, human trafficking to arms proliferation and, on the other hand, conventional threats generated by geopolitical instability, and the conflict in Georgia highlighted such potential close to our borders,” Maior said, referring to the types of risks Romania is facing.

The SRI head suggested that the Nabucco project remain a priority, when weighed against its South Stream competitor. “The Nabucco project will come to life, because it is the main project able to offer a diversification in gas supply possibilities and to help break the monopoly on supply sources for the European market,” Maior added.

On the other hand, the SRI boss underlined that there has been a leak of intelligence from the Interior Ministry secret service and he was waiting for Interior Minister Vasile Blaga to wrap up an internal investigation into the matter, given that its results “are of interest for the entire intelligence community.” “When information was published in the press over the DGIPI (Interior Ministry Secret Service) archive, I said there had been information leaks and Mr. Blaga began a probe as of then, which I hope to be completed, as the entire intelligence community takes an interest in the issue,” the SRI director said in his ‘Romania libera’ interview.

Referring to Romanian Intelligence Information staff, Maior said the Service is a new institution, as the average age of its employees is 36. “Fewer than 50 former Securitate officers are still active with the service, as linguists, translators or technicians,” Maior said.

Speaking of the economic crisis, Maior said it was of steadfast importance for SRI, adding that cooperation with the National Bank of Romania has been quite good over major information on sensitive international developments, when diminished economic resources boost serious instances of corruption.

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