12 May 2021

Morning headlines – 12th of May 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 105.000 people got vaccinated (more than 66.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3.7 million people got vaccinated, with more than 2.4 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 1.156 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 101 deaths and in ICU there are now 919 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • The Israel-Gaza conflict: Many barrages were fired over Israel, outclassing the Iron Dome defence system and killing at least three people. Israel fought back with air strikes, destroying a building with 13 floors and killing at least 35 people, says CNN. Prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared, on Wednesday, a state of emergency in Lod, a suburb in Tel Aviv, where in the last hours there were many protests of the Arab minority taking place.
  • The US is asking the Palestinian Islamic groups and Israel to cool down the tensions. The Joseph Biden Administration has asked on Tuesday the Palestinian Islamist organizations and Israel to decrease the tensions, given the violent actions that took place in Jerusalem and the military confrontations. Antony Blinken has condemned the missile attacks launched by the Islamic organizations from Gaza Strip: “The missile attacks must stop immediately. But it is necessary for all parts to take steps avoid crisis escalation”.
  • The US is reconsidering the withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. The United States has confirmed, on Tuesday, that it started a review on the withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, decided during the Donald Trump Administration, given that Russia has officially started the procedures for its exit of the Treaty, says AP.
  • Turkey-Saudi Arabia discussions. The Turkish minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusogly, has discussed, on Tuesday, in Mecca, with the Saudi counterpart, prince Faisal bin Farhan, about the continuation of the dialogue and about finding solutions to improve the relations between the two states.
  • Russia is taking steps to limits the attacks in schools. The 19-years young man who attacked, on Tuesday, a school in Russia, where he killed eight students and a teacher, made Putin ask for the restriction of access to guns and increased  security in schools. It is the 14th incident in the Russian schools in the last 5 years, says Moscow Times.

Romania’s defnece and security

  • Romania will monitor the elections in Moldova. The minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, has stated for the TVR channel that Romania will monitor the “way the elections are held in Moldova. Romania supports the reforming agenda of President Maia Sandu”.
  • The prime-minister is optimist about the first negotiations from Brussels. Prime-minister Florin Citu met on Tuesday evening with Ursula von der Leyen. The two had a work dinner where they discussed the National Resilience and Recovery Plan. “I had a very constructive meeting with the president of the European Commission for the NRRP negotiations, as Ursula von der Leyen also says. Romania has an ambitious plan of sustainable economic increase. The negotiations and meetings continue tomorrow as well”, said Florin Citu on a social media platform.