During a bilateral meeting in Brussels, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi asked his Ukrainian counterpart Konstantin Grishchenko to identify the measures needed in order to avoid situations similar to the incident that took place on Saturday at the border between the two countries. Two motor coaches and a mini-bus with more than 100 Romanian and Moldovan citizens to Camisovca, a Ukrainian locality where the dedication of the first Romanian Orthodox Church in Ukraine was about to take place, were held up for several hours at the Reni customs house on the border between Moldova and Ukraine. Two Romanian journalists were considered personas non-grata and were not allowed to enter Ukraine.
The Romanian Foreign Minister took part yesterday in the meeting of the Friends of Ukraine Group. According to the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the two Ministers exchanged views on the manner in which to develop bilateral political dialogue and juridical framework, in view of the visit that the Romanian Foreign Minister will pay to Kiev this autumn. “Minister Baconschi has asked for the identification of measures needed in order to boost bilateral confidence and to avoid situations such as the one that took place on Saturday, July 16, when journalists and NGO representatives traveled to the Odessa region to attend the dedication of a church,” MAE points out.
Romanian Social-Democrat MEP Corina Cretu denounced Ukraine at the European Commission for the “abuses” committed at a border crossing point and for its failure to respect the rights of its minorities. The Romanian MEP criticized the Ukrainian authorities’ failure to respect international standards that concern the rights of national minorities. In this context, Corina Cretu called on Romanian diplomacy to be more active in defending the rights of Romanian citizens and Romanian ethnics living outside Romania’s borders.