15 June 2021

Morning headlines – June 15th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

       Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 31.000 people got vaccinated (more than 19.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.5 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,2 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 50 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 10 deaths and in ICU there are now 217 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • NATO summit. The Alliance praised Romania’s hosting of the Euro-Atlantic Center for Resilience and reconfirmed its role in the collective defence and countering Russia and China, says Mediafax.
  • China has accused NATO for having a “cold war” mentality. China has accused NATO, through the Brussels embassy, after the chiefs of states from the allied states have decided to have a common stance to counter China’s hostile actions, says CNN.
  • The EU-US summit. Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, will meet today, in Brussels, with US president Joe Biden within the top EU-US meeting. The leaders of the two sides will approach a large series of common interest topics, like the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, trade and investments, technology, foreign affairs and the shared democratic values.
  • Biden is getting ready for the meeting with Putin. The US president is intensively getting ready for the meeting with the Russian counterpart, in Geneva, says CNN. Joe Biden wants to approach issues related to guns control and global security.
  • How can Ukraine access NATO. Joe Biden has stated, on Monday, in the media conference held after the NATO summit, that Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance does not depend on the illegal annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s role in the Eastern part of the country, but on eliminating corruption and accomplishing some criteria, among them reforming the society.
  • The Greece-Turkey meeting. The Greek prime-minister Kryakos Mitsotakis met with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan within the NATO summit, which took place on Monday, June 14th, in Brussels. The two decided to have a “quiet summer” and not repeat the 2020 tensions, sys neoskosmos.com. The two leaders have established to solve the issued in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea following the international laws and political consultations.
  • Philippines cancels its decision to host US troops. The Filipino president, Rodrigo Duterte has postponed with another six months the decision to host US troops on its soil, given the tensions between Manila and Beijing over the disputed waters in South China Sea. It is the third time they postpone it, starting with January 2020, when Manila was asked to withdraw from the Visiting Forces Agreement.

     Romania's defence and security

  • Klaus Iohannis, after the NATO summit. Romania’s security and its citizens is better provided today. “The Black Sea region has a strategic importance for the Euro-Atlantic security and this was clearly reconfirmed, including through the multiple mentions of the Black Sea in summit’s documents”, said Iohannis.
  • Parliament’s vote for the Supreme Council of National Defense, the Ombudsman and National Audiovisual Council of Romania. The Senate and the Deputies’ Chamber will meet, on Tuesday, starting at 3Ppm, to vote on the Ombudsman, the National Audiovisual Council of Romania and the Supreme Council of National Defense, says Agerpress.