Ukraine Becomes Hot Potato for Romania

Seemed a good time to make mention of Ukraine’s neighbours.

Romanian’s are NOT exactly enthralled with Ukraine and this is causing their government some discomfort.

Romania’s leaders are increasingly ambivalent about Ukraine, writes Magyar Nemzet columnist

Romania’s leadership is in a quandary over the disputes with Ukraine that have come into focus in recent months. Bucharest, under pressure from some sections of the press, has been forced to react to the measures taken in Kyiv that are damaging to Romanian interests, but at the same time, it is also theatrically trying to avoid accusations of anti-Ukrainianism and pro-Russianism.

A section of the population is getting fed up with the unconditional support for Ukrainians under attack from Russia, and political forces, including those with extremist, anti-Hungarian messages, are trying to ride the wave of discontent.

In 2004, Bucharest filed a case with the International Court of Justice in The Hague over the ownership of the oil and gas-rich continental shelf surrounding the Ukrainian-controlled Snake Rock (also known as Snake Island) in the Black Sea. The panel ruled in favor of Romania five years later. The war, which broke out in February last year, came amid chilly Romanian-Ukrainian relations, with Bucharest taking a much more cautious approach than Poland.

With a strong U.S. military presence in Romania, the Romanian leadership has made increasingly radical statements and commitments in defense of its northern neighbor, which has been hit by Russian aggression, but has so far refused to commit to supplying arms. On this latter, we do not know anything concrete, as Romania is concealing the amount and nature of the military assistance it has provided and continues to provide to Ukraine.

The issue has caused uncomfortable moments for Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, who was recently asked on BBC Hard Talk about the reason for the secrecy. The head of Romanian diplomacy replied, in his notoriously patronizing manner, that the reason for not disclosing the data was because the government had decided not to. In response to further questions from the reporter, Aurescu declined to comment.

However, there are political actors in Romania who openly support Russia. One of them is Senator Diana o oacă, known for her hysterical outbursts on various issues; she won a seat on the list of the Alliance for the Unification of Romanians (AUR) and is now a member of the S.O.S. Romania Party, which she founded. She also introduced a bill in the Bucharest parliament on the annexation of Romanian-inhabited or formerly Romanian-owned Ukrainian territories. Senator Sosoaca, who has since left the AUR, but also AUR President George Simion, may have a Russian intelligence background, and the latter is currently banned from entering the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

According to a recent survey, a large majority of Romanians polled do not support Romania sending arms and ammunition to Ukraine, although they do approve of aid to refugees.

6 replies on “Ukraine Becomes Hot Potato for Romania”

You can’t make this stuff up : “…the reason for not disclosing the data was because the government had decided not to.” That statement is overflowing with unintended transparency…Move along, nothing to see here…that scorching potato type object you see is not a ‘hot potato’.

What I find interesting is this issue of Romania’s rights to this energy rich area- This is going to be a big problem between Ukraine and Romania- we see this kind of stuff between Lebanon and Israel. And concerning Israel and Gaza.

According to Romanian foreign affairs ministry estimates, the resources availiable in the disputed waters would be enough to guarantee the country’s energy independence for ten years.

But it could be more!

Although the conflict had poisoned relations between Kiev and Bucharest for decades, Romania did not launch court proceedings until 2004.

Poisoned relations- for a long time.
There’s trouble in the ‘hood. Far beyond what we’ve been told

I wonder if today’s EU anti – drilling restrictions would now limit or eliminate Romania’s ability to exploit this Snake Island undersea energy bonanza. For that matter if the Ukrainians get their wish they too would be hamstrung by the EU’s suicidal green agenda even if they could scrape up enough money to finance drilling.

Hey Mark
Has the EU actually passed these drilling restrictions?
I did a bit of looking around and didn’t see too much in the way of these restrictions (but didn’t look over long either)
but was thinking with their refusal to take Russian gas, one would think the EU would be looking to get a hold of any energy it could?
As for the Ukrainians?
I don’t think they will have too much luck
Additionally, I was reading that with Crimea’s return to Russia, energy resources there now belong to Russia and I did see a bit of information on that yesterday!

It appears that you are correct, I can find no outright EU ban on oil drilling, (especially for Norway) . I was reacting to calls for such a ban but they date from 2021- 2022, and as you point out the dynamics have changed since then. Still the EU does seem enamored with the Greta Thurnberg agenda and I thought that the EU put pressure on Scotland and England to discontinue drilling in the North Sea. In any event they will do what they have to as their foreign energy dependence grows with each passing day.

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