15 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 15th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: US Navy

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 80.000 people got vaccinated (more than 30.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 2.4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 1.4 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania. In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 4.076 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 164 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.521 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Iran is rejecting the mediation in the nuclear agreement. The supreme leader if Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected all offers during the Vienna talks on the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, after the mixed committee’s meeting, which reunites the signatory states (Germany, France, UK, China, Rusia and Iran), says Mediafax.
  • Afghanistan can defend itself. Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has stated, on Wednesday evening, that he talked with his US counterpart, Joseph Biden, about the withdrawal of the US troops, underlining that the Afghan security services are ready to take over the defence responsibilities, says Mediafax.
  • The CIA is warning on the Afghanistan withdrawal. The withdrawal of the Western troops from Afghanistan is raising many risks on terrorism’s increase, says William Burns, the director of CIA, according to Axios.
  • The Russian police are investigating journalist students. The Russian police has searched, on Wednesday, the news room of the student newspaper DOXA and the houses of four of its editors, which have created a video about the repression against the supporters of opponent Aleksey Navalny’s, says AP, according to Agerpress. The four students are being investigated to “incitement of young people to participate to dangerous illegal actions” and they might get up to three years in prison, said the Basmanny court in Moscow.
  • The US is no longer sending ships to the Black Sea. The Roosevelt and Donald Cook ships are no longer entering the Black Sea, as planned, says Reuters, based on sources from Turkey. According to OSINT intelligence, the two ships are not in Souda Port, in the Crete Greek island.
  • The US and Germany have asked Russia to reduce the troops’ presence at Ukraine’s border. The US president Joe Biden and the German chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed, on Wednesday, during a phone interview, to ask Russia to reduce the number of troops dislocated at the border with Ukraine, as the situation on the field is worsening.
  • Russia has dislocated more than 20.000 troops at the border with Ukraine. Russia has between 15.000 and 25.000 troops in Crimea and at the border with Ukraine, according to US estimations, said, on Wednesday, the US envoy Courtney Austrian, during an OSCE meeting, in Vienna, said Dpa, according to Agerpress.
  • The fourth day of violent actions in the US. One thousand soldiers from the National Guard have been dislocated in Minneapolis to prevent the violent actions, in the fourth night of demonstrations, after the Sunday death of a young Afro-American shot by the police, during the trial on the George Floyd death. 20 years old Afro-American, Dante Wright, was shot by a 26 years old police woman after she handcuffed him because he opposed the arrest and entered his car.

Romania’s security and defence

  • Wage schemes for the local public administration and the cap of incentives to 20%. The Ministry of Labor is proposing the Government, through a memorandum, a series of amendments in terms of the wage scheme of the personnel paid from public funds, such as incentives of maximum 20%, the salaries’ standardization of personnel working in city halls and monthly performance incentive, says Mediafax.
  • The US ambassador. Andrei Muraru, proposed as Romania’s ambassador to the US, has received, on Wednesday, the positive note of the reunited parliamentary commissions and he said he is confident that the visas for the Romanian citizens will be lifted until the end of Klaus Iohannis’s mandate.