07 June 2021

Morning headlines – June 7th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Centrul Naţional de Instruire pentru Apărare Antiaeriană

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 60.000 people got vaccinated (more than 37.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.3 million people got the vaccine, with more than 3.6 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 196 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 84 deaths and in ICU there are now 365 people hospitalized.
  • Almost half a million doses arrive today in Romania. A new vaccine batch from Pfizer BioNTech company, composed of 964.080 doses, arrives, on Monday, in Romania, says the National Committee for the Coordination of Vaccination Activities.

Global political and military events

  • The biggest maritime drill has started in the Baltic Sea. Almost 4.000 sailors have participated on Sunday in the Baltic Sea at the NATO, BALTOPS drill, which will last until June 18th, says NATO. 49 ships and 60 aircrafts from 16 allied countries will participate at the drill, and Sweden and Finland have joined it as well.
  • Netanyahu claims electoral fraud. Benjamin Netanyahu stated, on Sunday, that the alliance parties created against him is the “result of the biggest electoral fraud in democracy’s history”, says AP. The Israeli prime-minister made this allegation when the Shin Bet chief warned about the possibility of increasing violence in an extremely volatile political context, says Digi24.
  • Belarus threatens with retaliation to EU’s sanctions. The Byelorussian authorities have announced that they planned a series of measures they can take as retaliation to EU’s sanctions following the Minsk incident, which involved hijacking a Ryanair flight says Mediafax.
  • Civilians killed in Yemen. At least 21 civilians were killed in a missile attack against a gas station in Yemen, said, on Monday, the Yemenite Minister of Intelligence, Muamar Al-Eryani, for the Saba media agency, quoted by AFP.
  • Turkey reestablishes the relation with France. The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is on Sunday and Monday on a visit in France, at the invitation of counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. The relations between the two countries worsened after Turkey’s intervention in Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh but also the drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, in the plateaus claimed by Greece and Cyprus.
  • China is organizing a reunion of foreign affairs ministers of 10 countries. China will host, on Tuesday, the foreign affairs of 10 South-East Asia countries, in an attempt to reestablish the post-pandemic economic and touristic relations, says AP. The action is a reaction to Biden’s statement according to which he wants to gather a democratic states coalition to oppose China and Russia.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Vandalism at the Mihai Viteazu’s statue from Sfantu Gheorghe. Four teenagers, aged 16-17, are being investigated for vandalism, said the County’s Police Inspectorate from Covasna. Two of them are also suspected for writing on statue’s socle  `TRIANON 1920` and drawing a red-white-green flag and the other two for helping them.
  • Air defence live fire at Capu-Midia. In the weekend, in Capu Midia, the HAWK, KUB and OSA-AKM missile systems executed life-fires in Capu Midia. NATO announced a press day on June 9th, where the military will execute live-fire in an allied drill.