Russian Sanctions on Moldova Worry Romania

Romanian officials have expressed support for the government of neighbouring Moldova after Moscow last week announced the fruit import ban, which follows similar sanctions on the country’s cattle, beef and wine.

Fruit is one of poverty-stricken Moldova’s major export products, raising fears that the country’s economy could suffer.

Ponta: Russia, morally and politically responsible for terrorist attack on civil aircraft crashed in Ukraine

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Tuesday in Sibiu that Romania backed the extension of support to Ukraine, as well as the imposition of sanctions on the Russian Federation, of which he said that it is morally and politically responsible for the terrorist attack on a civil aircraft on Ukraine's territory.

ForMin Corlatean to participate in Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels

Romania's Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean will participate in a Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on Tuesday, where the current situation in the region will be discussed, as well as the fact that a Malaysian Airlines aircraft was downed on Ukraine's soil, at the border with the Russian Federation.

ForMin Corlatean: I've taken steps for Belgium to keep backing Romania's Schengen entry bid

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean said on Monday he took steps during a meeting with visiting Belgian Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders for Belgium to keep backing Romania's Schengen Area entry bid.

Former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president Shevardnadze dies

Eduard Shevardnadze, an ex-president of Georgia and former Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 after a long struggle with illness, his personal assistant said.

Shevardnadze, who was 86, played a vital role in ending the Cold War as Soviet foreign minister, went on to lead his native Georgia in the stormy early years after independence.

Romania Parliament Ratifies Ex-Soviet States' EU Pacts

Romania’s second parliamentary chamber, the Camera Deputatilor, ratified Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s Association Agreements with the European Union on Wednesday in a 284-to-zero vote.

Moscow appeared to show its unhappiness by imposing a ban on cattle and beef imports from Romania, a move that leaders in Bucharest said was politically motivated.