President of Romania Traian Basescu stated on Monday evening in Brussels that Romania received from the part of the Russian Federation the document whereby Moscow acknowledges the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
'The Russian Federation conveyed through ambassadors to – I think – all European chancelleries, a letter explaining the reasons for its recognizing Ossetia and Abkhazia, along with the polite request that the state the document was referred to do the same. The letter is at the Presidency, but Romania will consistently stick to its stance adopted on the Kosovo case,' said Basescu.
He specified that although it is not a big power, Romania is currently a credible country that kept to its principles when stances of either its allies or neighboring states with which it did not share membership in common structures were at stake.
Traian Basescu mentioned that the Presidency of Romania will reply the letter from the Presidency of the Russian Federation because 'that's the polite way' to act.
Referring to alternative energy resources required to supply the European Union, Traian Basescu said the high stakes are played on two countries that need to remain free for energy transport – Georgia and Azerbaijan.
'The only link for alternative routes from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea or from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean to Ceyhan, in the Turkish variant, remains Azerbaijan. In my address I cautioned on the need to maintain Azerbaijan's balanced policy,' said President Basescu. In the context, he mentioned that equal attention needs to be paid to Azerbaijan and Georgia.
President Traian Basescu attended on Monday in Brussels an extraordinary meeting of the European Council called by the French presidency and devoted to the situation in Georgia.
Also attending were Premier Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu.