Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on Tuesday that Romanian authorities have tried to obtain clarifications from Russia regarding the young woman arrested for spying for Romania, but that they have so far received “no official information.” Melescanu added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has not received any request for consular assistance from the young woman or her family.
“So far we have no official information from the Russian authorities. We tried to obtain clarifications from the Russian ambassador. Everyone knows only what was presented in the media. So far, we have received no consular assistance request from the family or from her,” Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu stated in Parliament when asked about the case of Carina Turcan, the young Moldovan woman arrested in Russia for spying for Romania.
A week ago, Melescanu was saying that the Romanian authorities did not receive information from the Russian Embassy in regards this case and that the woman arrested in Moscow has several citizenships, including the Romanian one.
“It is a situation that is drawn only at the level of the press for the time being, we have no official information from the Russian Embassy on this issue. We are indeed talking about a citizen with multiple passports, multiple citizenships. She has the Russian, Moldovan, and Romanian citizenships. If needed, we are prepared to offer her consular assistance in case the detention of the said woman is officially confirmed. The only thing we can do, and we will do, is to offer her consular assistance to make sure that her rights are observed in the legislative conditions of the Russian Federation,” the Foreign Minister stated.
Carina Turcan, member of the Board of Directors of the Inter Rao company, was arrested on June 15 in Russia, being accused of spying for Romania, the TASS news agency informed early last week.
“The Lefortovo court has admitted the prosecutors’ request and has ordered the pre-trial arrest of Carina Valerievna Turcan until August 13,” a court spokesperson stated for TASS.
Carina Valerievna Turcan is a member of the board of directors of Inter Rao. According to the company’s website, Turcan was born in 1994, studied in the Republic of Moldova, and obtained an MBA in Spain. Within the company she handles the exports and imports of electricity from the Cuciurgan power plant, and she led the company’s Moldova-Ukraine-Romania division until 2012.
Inter Rao owns the biggest power plant in the Republic of Moldova.
According to Kommersant, Turcan allegedly collaborated with businessmen thought to have links with Romanian intelligence services.