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The spy stories continue with a new hero – FSB has detained a Romanian Embassy diplomat in Moscow

Shpionskii istorii pradaljati … It seems that the spy stories become a fashion in times of crisis. So…

“The Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a Romanian diplomat when he tried to obtain secret military information from a Russian citizen. The FSB identified the diplomat as Gabriel Grek of the External Information Service working at the Romanian embassy as first secretary of the political section”.

“Seized from the intelligence officer was spying equipment that fully exposed his hostile activities against the Russian Federation,” the FSB public relations centre told Itar-Tass on Monday, August 16. The investigation is underway, commented Itar-Tass.

Romanian Embassy Moscow

“The Russian Foreign Ministry has protested via diplomatic channels to the Romanian side over Grecu’s activities, which were incongruous with his diplomatic status” the FSB said, noticed Ria Novosti.

Espionage equipment was seized from Grecu, the FSB said in a press release. The security agency did not reveal the identity of the Russian source involved in the case in the interests of the ongoing investigation. Romanian diplomat was later released and will have to leave Russian territory within 48 hours. Neither the Romanian Embassy in Moscow nor the Romanian Foreign Ministry has commented on the incident. Previously, Gabriel Grecu was to Romania’s diplomatic mission in Armenia.

Kremlin‘s message seems pretty clear, even though it’s pretty hard to say what led. Assumptions are many. The incident comes just two days after taking over the rotating leadership of Romania’s Black Sea Multinational Naval Force (BLACKSEAFOR). Romanian diplomat detention means a pressure way on the subject of American missiles Romanian territory ? Or a reaction to recent statements by President of the Republic of Moldova, Michael Ghimpu ? Or maybe a NATO presence in Moldova has created chills on the Kremlin halls  ? Over 100 soldiers from the national army in Moldova, taking part in “Peace Shield 2010“, which started Monday, August 16, 2010, at the Army training base Bulboaca, regional media reports, quoted by news agency KARADENIZ PRESS. Peacekeeping exercise “Peace Shield 2010” takes place between August 16 to 27. Operational evaluation process of the National Army according to NATO standards began in 2007. Exercise “Peace Shield 2010” represents the third phase of this process and the final evaluation is planned next year.
Or maybe the Russian authorities wanted to divert the public attention since the fire problem that continues to play havoc on Russian territory ? Unlikely, but not impossible …

It is an unfriendly message, a warning from Russia. But I refrain to classify it as an “explosive” incident for the Russian-Romanian relations. Note that Prime Minister Putin said openly that he awarded the spies sent home by U.S.  Russian Prime Minister also said that Russian agents network was discovered as a result of betrayal. “As I said, this scandal has emerged as a result of betrayal. Traitors always end up bad, drinking or drugs” Putin said, adding that he  know the name of traitors guilty of failure of extensive Russian intelligence operations against the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Intelligence is part of the game and he knows it best. The message was sent, waiting for the awards for FSB successful action. Maybe more money from federal budget ??! 🙂

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.

Diplomatic offensive for the Nabucco gas pipeline

Today, Romanian President Traian Băsescu participated at the annual meeting with representatives of the Romanian diplomacy. At meeting was also attended Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu.
TRAIAN BASESCU - CONFERINTA - COTROCENIWhile the last hundred meters of the Presidential office, President Basescu presented the Romanian diplomacy objectives achieved during his mandate. The Romanian head of state also presented that is foreign policy priorities. Thus, in Chapter accomplishments were mentioned objectives of the partnership with the United States and signed the agreement for Nabucco. On this last issue, Basescu reminded that Romania was the only country that has remained consistent to its options. And the reintroduction of Nabucco on the agenda of the European Union is due in most part intervention of Romanian diplomacy. In this context, President Traian Băsescu stated that there is gas for the Nabucco project in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and asked the Romanian diplomats strive to create the environment in which the consortium to full contract amount of gas. “I know that diplomatic life is beautiful in European capitals, but now we need a major diplomatic effort in Central Asia” he said.

  • Note: The diplomatic effort now demanded President Basescu has little chance to succeed remarkable achievements. Countries like Khazahstanul, Azerbaijan or Turkmenistan that the Romanian president wants them courted diplomatically, appear to have been already seduse by smile Putin-Medvedev tandem.

On the list of foreign policy objectives is also the Treaty of Lisbon, obtaining a warrant for European Commissioner for Agriculture. Romania will continue to work for to include Moldova in the Western Balkans package of a future EU enlargement.

In addition, President Traian Băsescu said that Romania wants a partnership with Russia based on respect for the interests of both parties. “There were some diplomatic incidents lately, but we do not consider specific Romanian-Russian relationship. We want a partnership on an equal footing with the Russian Federation. Not equal an economic force, or military force, not equal to influence, but our relations must be based on respect for both interests. We are ready to respect the interests of the Russian Federation, provided that ours should be respected. ” said Traian Băsescu. He characterized the current relationship with Russia as a ‘pragmatic, traditional’ and told the Romanian diplomats that is necessary to increase levels of trust between the two countries. Relations with China have been characterized as exceptionally good at the political level, as opposed to economic, where trade balance deficit exceeds 2 billion euros.