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August 7, 2022

WikiLeaks: Basescu was worried about possible Russian-Romanian conflict

In a meeting with US Senator Richard Lugar on August 27, 2008 in Bucharest, President Traian Basescu voiced serious worries that Romania could have been drawn in a military conflict with Russia in Transdniester, according to a US Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks and made public by Gandul.info.

If Russia made a move in Trans­dniester as it did in Georgia at the beginning of August 2008, Romania would have to face “tough options,” Basescu said. In the cable, then US Ambassador Nicholas Taubman noted that “Basescu clearly worries that Russians may trigger a similar provocation in Moldova, which would practically require a Romanian military response, with broad implications for the EU and NATO.”

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