Monthly Archives: October 2009

Vice-President US, Joe Biden – “We believe that a better relationship with Russia is the benefit of all”

Joe BidenU.S. Vice President Joe Biden was on tour in Poland, Czech Republic and Romania, between 20-24 October 2009.
Regarding the visits to Poland and the Czech Republic, analysts Stratfor states defining its relations with the United States, where Obama administration’s decision to abandon the missile shield project promoted by ex-president George W. Bush.

Today, Vice President Biden met with Romanian President Traian Basescu, with dismissed premier Emil Boc and with Opposition leaders.  Also, he gave a public speech in the Hall of the University Library of Romania. In his speech in Bucharest, Joe Biden sent several important messages for the European partners and NATO allies.  Biden sent the European partners that “the U.S. is still a player in the region and an ally in security”. But according to political analysts, beyond these messages, Biden’s tour remains one of consolation.

But let’s see what the main ideas and the context in which they were uttered.

Visit of Vice – U.S. President in Bucharest takes place one day before the  start of presidential election campaign. Thus the joint statement after meeting with Romanian President Traian Basescu can detect two aspects: administration in Washington has not had a top partner in the person of the current president, but is open to dialogue, irrespective of who will win the Presidential elections. Also, the fact that the speech for European partners was elected Bucharest,  stresses stronger bilateral relationship between Romania and the United States. Moreover, can talk  about  strategic location that America gives to Romania on his interests and in the design of the NATO Alliance in the Eastern European area.

On the public diplomacy, Joe Biden tried in his discourse from the University Library, to ensure that countries in the East European region that, despite a change of Obama discourse, Washington has not changed security objectives. But while he insisted that: “We believe that a better relationship with Russia is benefit of all. Pragmatic relationship, too”. Meanwhile, he said the reconfiguration of the missile shield is not a favor done to Russia, but a more efficient way to meet new security challenges. Biden reiterated the importance of Article 5 and firmly reject the imposition of spheres of influence between global powers. “Nothing without you, nothing more than your desire” were sure NATO partners of U.S.

In the same context: “Any missile defense system in Europe should be collective,”  said on Thursday the spokesman of Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrei Nesterenko, quoted by RIA Novosti. He also stressed that “Russia wants to start with Washington a careful assessment of the new U.S. missile shield in Europe”, adding that Moscow does not consider that U.S. plans to place SM-3 missiles in Poland are already established.
Nesterenko’s statement comes after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk  said Wednesday – when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visit to Warsaw – that Poland is ready to participate in the new U.S. missile shield, as this is especially possible location in 2011 in Poland of  U.S. SM-3 missile.

The same important: Beyond public diplomacy in a speech in Bucharest, the representative of the White House for the first time spoke about the Romanian-American partnership in concrete Constanta-Trieste pipeline project. That while the premiers Putin, Berlusconi and Erdogan discussed again about  South Stream.

Chinese government will provide Romania a grant of 500,000 euros

China is continuing its offensive on the Eastern European front. Thus, after the huge financial loan to Moldova Republic,  the Chinese government will provide Romania a grant of 500,000 euros for projects in the field of agriculture and small and 00000medium enterprises, under an agreement signed Tuesday by representatives of the two countries.

According to a press release, Emil Boc interim Prime Minister of Romania met with Vice President of the Republic of China, Xi Jinping. With this occasion were signed bilateral cooperation agreements in agriculture and Small and medium enterprises sector, and an agreement on economic and technical basis of which Romania will receive non-reimbursable assistance from China worth a total of 5 million yuan, the equivalent of 500,000 euros.
Xi Jinping visits to Romania in the context of 60 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Note that next week, China will publish the first estimates for the macroeconomic third quarter of this year. According to an AFP analysis, economists expected an advance of 9.5% rate that would mark a new approach towards the big Asian rival, Japan.

Democracy of Romania – where next?

The proposal of the President of Romania for the post of prime minister can be described as “from the political crisis in constitutional crisis”. After consultations with the parliamentary parties, President Basescu decided to nominate for the prime minister of  Romania to Lucian Croitoru, adviser to the BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu and ex-representative of Romania to the International Monetary Fund.

Note that the new appointed premier is  only option of president Basescu, without the support of Parliament. Immediate reactions of political leaders in Bucharest were categorized attitude of  President Basescu as an “irresponsible, undemocratic and unconstitutional”.