Russia’s Ambassador to Bucharest Valery Kuzmin (photo) has been called by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide explanations, following a recent post on Facebook in which he was criticizing Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, on the occasion of references she made to Russia during her speech.
Romania describes the Russian Ambassador’s statement as “unacceptable”.
According to a press release from the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu ordered that the Russian Ambassador to Romania Valery Kuzmin be called to provide explanations to the Director-General, regarding opinions expressed in recent posts on social media by the Russian Embassy in Bucharest. Those were about the interpretation of the history of Romania in a speech by Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Crown, during an event to the diplomatic corps on 21 November 2019.
The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs noted “the unacceptable attitude of the Russian diplomatic mission and the importance of avoiding non-creative rhetoric and the need to maintain public discourse within the bounds of diplomatic habits, in order to avoid a negative impact on bilateral relations”.
The Romanian side reiterated its call for a discussion of the historical past within these institutional forms. The Ministry underlined the importance of realistic approaches based on compliance with the principles and rules of international law, in order to contribute to the promotion of constructive relations between States, as well as the importance of respecting the values and symbols of each one”.
The Russian Embassy posted on Facebook a text entitled: “On the Historical and Geopolitical Phobias of the Romanian Crown Custodian”, which it states that “in the spirit of the most serious historical phobias still cultivated in the “Old Kingdom”, not different from the standards of the western “fake news” industry, the Custodian of the Crown decided to wear the “cape of the geopolitics general”, who is concerned not only with the security and prosperity of its state, but whose concerns extend to at least half of Eurasia and the entire Euro-Atlantic region. Unfortunately, compared to the grand plan, the proposed conclusions and recipes proved painfully primitive”.
During the diplomatic corps’ royal night of November 21, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, spoke about security in the Black Sea region and the “Russian attacks”, recalling Russian aggression in the Black Sea and in some neighboring countries, such as Georgia or Ukraine, in recent years.
An article by Ovidiu Nahoi states, inter alia, that during the November 21 event, Margareta of Romania stated that “Romania has joined forces with Poland and the Baltic States, 80 years after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a painful treaty penned by the murderous dictators of the 20th century. We also fully support NATO’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the defense of our Baltic allies: their security remains our security. I also welcome the contribution of our allies to the defense of Romania. Nonetheless, I simply wonder whether we are doing enough, given the problems we face in Ukraine and the wider region around the Black Sea”.
The same article also states that on Monday, November 25, the National Alliance for the Restoration of Monarchy asked President Klaus Iohannis to declare the Russian Ambassador to Bucharest Valery Kuzmin as persona non-grata, in light of the recent attack on Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania. /ibna