21 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 21th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 87.000 people got vaccinated (more than 27.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 2.7 million people got vaccinated, more than 1.6 million with both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 2.931 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 237 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.432 people hospitalized.
  • The vaccination in mobile medical units starts today. The Covid-19 vaccination through the mobile medical units with MoND personnel starts today, according to an announcement made by the president of the National Committee for the Coordination of Vaccination Activities against SARS CoV-2, colonel doctor Valeriu Gheorghita.

Global political and military events

  • Russia and the United States are accusing each other for destabilizing the Black Sea area. The State Department: “The US is concerned with Russia’s plans to block the entry of foreign ships in certain areas of the Black Sea”. Sergey Shoygu: “The United States and NATO continue to destabilize the air and maritime space of the Black Sea”.
  • Ukraine’s president is inviting Putin to peace negotiations. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is inviting the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a meeting in the Donbas region, from east of Ukraine, to talk about the ceasefire and the decrease of the tensions between the states, says Reuters.
  • The US is asking for a Peace Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo. The mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo is the solution for a future peace agreement between the two parts, said the US president, Joe Biden, in a letter sent to Kosovo’s president, Vjosa Osmani, recently elected president, says Euronews.
  • The Czech Republic is asking EU and NATO states to expel the Russian agents. The Czech Government is asking the EU and NATO member states to show solidarity with Prague in the crisis with Russia and is demanding the expulsion of the Russian intelligence services agents, according to a statement of the Foreign Affairs minister, Jan Hamacek. The Czech Republic expelled on Saturday 18 Russian diplomats accused for espionage activities, together with GRU military agents, which are supposedly involved in the Vrbetice ammunition deposit explosion, from 2014, which ended with the death of two people.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The pilot of the aircraft which crashed in Mures was transferred to a hospital in Bucharest. The condition of lieutenant-colonel  Andrei Criste is stable, which allowed his transfer to the Central Military Emergency University Hospital from Bucharest, on Tuesday evening, with a C-130 Hercules aircraft, said MoND.
  • Coalition agreement, Florin Citu keeps the prime-minister position. According to an additional paper of the Governing Agreement, signed on Tuesday evening by the three ruling parties (PNL, USR PLUS and UDMR), today, at 12am, USR PLUS will propose a new minister of Health, ending the political crisis, said the leaders of the three parties. The afterthought of this agreement asks for the dismissal of a minister to be sent to the president by the prime-minister after announcing the political party who proposed him as a president, based on arguments included in an assessment made by the prime-minister.
  • The European Commission is monitoring how the law is followed in Romania. Ursula von der Leyen answered to the letter of PDS leader Marcel Ciolacu, in  written message, saying that she is monitoring the developments on how the laws are followed in all member states, including Romania.
  • Klaus Iohannis and Maia Sandu, discussion at Cotroceni Palace. The two presidents have established that the main task of the cooperation continues to be the sustainable development of Moldova and its connection to the European space.