Romania's leaders straighten out position on Ukraine
In a rare show of political unity, Romania’s Prime Minister and President have ‘co-ordinated their positions’ over the situation in Ukraine.
The united front comes after president Traian Basescu invited the government to a meeting to clarify queries about foreign policy, security and defence.
This followed remarks by PM Victor Ponta that he had closed Romanian airspace to Russian Dmitri Rogozin while Basescu was campaigning.
The episode ended in a media spat between Rogozin and Basescu, as well as stern words from Romania’s Foreign Ministry after Rogozin, who had been visiting Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transnistria, threatened to fly back over the country in a strategic bomber.
As the head of Romania’s military, Basecu is the military’s supreme commander and in charge of foreign policy.
The pair, usually bitter political rivals, straighten out Romania’s standpoint on the Ukrainian crisis’ impact on Moldova and Romania’s relation strategic relationship with the United States, ahead of meetings with the Secretary General of NATO, with the US Vice President Joe Biden and with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
The leaders will continue to firmly apply EU backed sanctions against Russian authority figures targeted for their roles in the Russian annexation of Crimea, according to Agerpres.
The pair is also pushing for negotiations between Kiev and representatives from the Russian minority in the east of Ukraine centred in Donetsk and Lugansk, who have declared, after a referendum that they want to join Russia.
Basescu said he would discuss the issue of Romania’s airspace at the upcoming meetings.
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