By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
The Romanian President Traian Basescu last night said the Ukrainian turmoil and the invasion of the Russian troops in Crimea do not pose a direct and immediate threat to Romania’s national security, but warned that another frozen conflict in the regional can turn into a medium and long term threat to the country.
Basescu’s statement came a day after he summoned state security agencies for an emergency meeting following the Russian Parliament’s green light for a military intervention in Ukraine. While underlining that under the current circumstances, the Ukrainian crisis is not a direct and immediate threat to Romania, the Romanian President warned the appearance of another frozen conflict in Eastern Europe comes with many risks.
“Romania is warning that the burst of another frozen conflict can exacerbate regional instability and, implicitly, lead to armed conflicts. Thus, Romania appreciates its own national security can be affected on a medium and long term” he pointed out.
Romania is particularly sensitive about the Black Sea area frozen conflicts since the Republic of Moldova, former Romanian territory, hosts such a breakaway entity – Transnistria. Following a meeting with the state security representatives, Romania decided Saturday evening not to raise the alert level following Russian troops taking positions in Crimea which lies just 400 kilometers of the Romanian Black Sea coast.
Basescu also warned that the appearance of another frozen conflict in the region will boost instability in the area and, consequently, Romania’s borrowing costs will increase. He called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to confine his geopolitical games to Ukraine and leave Moldova alone. “The situation in Ukraine poses a great risk of contamination to Moldova” Basescu underlined.
He said he was disappointed by the image stunt of some European officials who went o Maidan and chanted against the regime. He said Ukraine doesn’t need this, but pragmatic solutions, such as an economic recovery plan. “The Ukrainian state has to be reformed with help from the International Monetary Fund” Basescu concluded.
Economic analysts say the turmoil in Ukraine could have a relatively significant impact on the Romanian economy since the former soviet republic was last year on the 15th position in the rankings of Romania’s export destinations, with commercial exchange rising to more than 1.1 billion Euros.