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July 31, 2021
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Medvedev – ‘tough criticism’ on Basescu

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev brought tough criticism to Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu for his statements about WWII, Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said in a Twitter post, according to Mediafax. Rogozin quotes an article published by daily ‘Moskovsky Komsomolet,’ which says Medvedev made some very tough comments about Basescu during the Russia-NATO summit in Sochi. Medvedev’s comments have to do with Basescu’s recent statement that he would have done the same as Marshal Ion Antonescu did when he decided to join Nazi troops in invading the Soviet Union.

At the Sochi union, several participants voiced indignation about Basescu’s statements, saying that he expressed an anti-Russian stance and practically justified Romania’s taking part in the war against the Soviet Union on Hitler’s side. “I have never heard the president (e.n. Medvedev) using such a strong language,” an unnamed Russian official told the publication. Basescu’s statements have already drawn severe criticism from the Russian Foreign Ministry last week, but also from the Romanian opposition and large parts of the public.

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