Monday night, before the official consultations at Cotroceni, the President of the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR), Gabriel Oprea, had a one-to-one meeting with President Klaus Iohannis. His arrival to the palace 15 minutes before the time set for the consultations of the president with the leaders of political parties on the national security strategy was captured by the journalists accredited to the Presidency. TV stations also captured the moment when Oprea came down the interior stairs in the palace, accompanied by the head of the presidential chancellery, Dan Mihalache, and walked together into the hall where his ruling coalition partners Victor Ponta, President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), and Daniel Constantin, President of the Conservative Party (PC), were waiting for him.
Ponta appeared very surprised to see that Oprea coming into the room accompanied by Dan Mihalache. He took the president of UNPR into a corner, probably to ask him for explanations. Then he walked to Dan Mihalache and also took him to a more secluded corner of the room where they talked for several dozens of seconds. Before they parted, they shook hands.
‘I have supported the president of Romania regardless of his name because he was elected by the people, especially on matters of national security. This is why I have said we supported President Klaus Iohannis. He started very well, with 2% of GDP for the Army, which gives us predictability for ten years. We now know what we can do in that field. Now it is the National Security Strategy. We were there yesterday, we talked and we immediately agreed. I need to tell you one thing – and I think Mr. Ponta respects me – said that if the deputy prime-minister – we are now in different parties – agrees, I don’t have a problem with it and I agree. I too have a say in this. It is an area where I harvest the fruits. As a military man, in the last 15 years I have fought for nationals security, a field in which Romanians put a lot of trust and they need to know that it can provide their security’, Gabriel Oprea said on DCNEWS LIVE.
‘Other people also participated’
As for the one-to-one meeting with Klaus Iohannis at Cotroceni Monday night, the president of UNPR said: ‘A private meeting remains private, especially one with the president of Romania. There have been discussions, other people also participated. I cannot tell you things I can’t say. What I can tell you is that Klaus Iohannis has my full support, especially on these national security matters’.
Under which conditions Oprea will not keep his word in Government
Asked if he and Klaus Iohannis had talked about Victor Ponta’s resignation, Gabriel Oprea answered: ‘There are details that I can give you and details that I can’t give you. (…) We are in a centre-left coalition with PSD. We, UNPR, speak of neither the left nor the right, we speak about the national interest of Romania. We have our very clear laws that we promote. We seek to reach 1 M members of our party, which is a very difficult thing to achieve. We are a militarised party in the good sense of the word, which means that we are more reliable. I have travelled the country a lot and I have said to everyone: who wants stability, security and reliability should come to UNPR, because we have proved that we are more reliable. I have told my colleagues that one of the UNPR pillars was making the Romanian state stronger. As long as they (PSD) can be our partners, I will keep my word in the Government. The moment the Romanian state is hurt, they won’t have a partner in me’.