11 June 2021

Morning headlines – June 11th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: MApN

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 41.000 people got vaccinated (more than 23.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,1 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 133 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 24 deaths and in ICU there are now 265 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Joe Biden met, on Thursday, with Boris Johnson. “Currently, we are developing the commitment for a revitalized, updated Atlantic Charter, to approach the key challenges of this century – cyber security, emerging technologies, global health and climate change”, said Biden. Biden will participate to four summits in Europe: G7, Cornwall, 11-13 of June; NATO, Brussels, 14 of June; US-EU, Brussels, 15 of June, US-Russia, Geneva, 16th of June.
  • Emmanuel Macron announced that he will meet Erdogan. The French president Emmanuel Macron announced, on Thursday, that he will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan just before the NATO summit, which will start on Monday, June 14th, given the tensions between the two countries which increased lately, says Mediafax. `When we are members of the same organization, we cannot decide to buy equipment that will not allow us to cooperate, we cannot decide to develop unilateral operations which are going against the interests of the coalitions we have built”, said Emmanuel Macron, asking for “clarifications” from Turkey on this topic.
  • China reacts to the US sanctions. Beijing has adopted a law to counter the foreign sanctions. According to the law, the Chinese state can now seize or freeze the “properties of people or companies which adhere to sanctions against the Chinese people or enterprises”, says Mediafax.
  • The Pentagon is concerned with the Iranian ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The United States has showed concerns about the presence in the Atlantic Ocean of two Iranian ships which seem to carry weapons for Venezuela, said the Pentagon’s chief, on Thursday, according to Digi24.
  • Iran gets advanced satellite from Russia. Iran will be able to use Russian Kanopus-V satellite to monitor the countries in the Middle East, including the military US and Israeli bases, but it will be also able to select targets for medium range of action missiles. The launch will be in a few months, says AP.
  • Australia will spend 10 billion dollars to upgrade the submarines. The Australian government announced that it will allot 10 billion dollars to upgrade six submarines to face the increasing threats coming from China, says AP.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The European Commission sent back the Romanian NRRP, with ten amendments. The 29 billion euro for Romania is not that certain because part of the projects might not be approved, says Mediafax. The money will not be accessed sooner than the autumn.
  • The Computer Assisted Exercise Defender Europe 2021 has started. Romania and Germany are hosting, from Thursday to Monday, the Computer Assisted Exercise/ Command Post Exercise (DE21 CAP/CPX) with the participation of around 400 soldiers from the Headquarter Multinational South-East, the 46th Support Regiment, the Headquarter Allied Rapid Reaction Corps from Great Britain, the USAREUR-AF and other structures from Romania’s Armed Forces.