Security in Eastern Europe is a growing concern among Romanians, while the number most worried by unemployment and low salaries has fallen slightly, a new poll has revealed.
Around 10 per cent of Romanians are worried about the possibility of a conflict in the region, compared to just 1.4 per cent one year ago, the report from INSCOP polling company said.
Romania has announced plans to cancel the debts of 15 companies in the defence sector, citing the worrying geopolitical context, which it says requires strengthening defence capacities.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has invited Moldova to sign an association and free trade pact with the European Union on June 27 in Brussels.
Romania has demanded that Russia clarify its position after a Russian deputy prime minister said he would return to Romanian airspace – to which he had been denied access - in a bomber plane.
Dmitry Rogozin was turned away when his plane tried to fly to Moscow from Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region.
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday said the government will raise the defence budget by 700 million lei (some 156 million euro), from current 6.4 billion lei, in order to upgrade military capabilities.
Moldova on Monday became the first country east of the EU whose citizens have the right to visa-free travel to the 26 European countries that comprise the Schengen area.
Moldova won the approval of the EU for the change after undertaking a series of reforms, including providing secure travel documents and improving border and migration management.
As armed clashes worsen in eastern Ukraine, and after parliament in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria on Wednesday formally asked to join Russia, Romania has expressed growing concern about the situation on its borders.
"Romania entirely supports the independence and the teritorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova,” President Traian Basescu said on Wednesday.