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Matthew Boyse: Russia has not abandoned interests in Central and Eastern Europe


Russia has not abandoned its interests and continues to maintain a significant influence in Central and Eastern Europe, where Romania also belongs, a country that chose to join organizations such as the European Union and NATO, Matthew Boyse, the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs stressed on Tuesday.

The US diplomat, on a tour to several Central and Eastern European states of the EU, made these comments in a meeting with a group of Romanian journalists.

You voted to be part of the West and they (the Russians) do not accept this decision of yours. They want to continue to have influence in your country in a way that distorts this choice of being part of the West. Russians do this in many ways, both economically and politically, by what they call active measures, targeting Central European countries, but also the US and Western European states, the US diplomat said.

According to him, through this strategy, Moscow tries to regain influence and create divisions in Western democratic societies so as to reduce the attractiveness of the Western model for its own (Russian) society, but also for other countries that look toward the West as an organisation model of society.

On the other hand, Boyse said that the USA are carefully following the developments in Romania on the observance of the rule of law and expects our country to continue on the right path, but refused to make an actual comment about the possible emergency ordinance regarding the transposition of the amendments to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Codes that were declared constitutional.

When it chose to join the European Union and NATO, Romania subscribed to some principles. (...) We are in constant dialogue with the Romanian government, the US diplomat said.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Monday that the approval of an ordinance amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code in the sense of adopting those articles in the Codes which have been declared constitutional was discussed and decided within the Social Democratic Party (PSD)'s National Executive Committee.

In his turn, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader declared, after participate in the meeting of PSD's leadership, that the Ministry of Justice will analyse to see to what extent an emergency ordinance can be adopted for the transposition of the constitutional articles in the Criminal Codes, highlighting that the solutions validated by the Constitutional Court can become part of the "active fund of the criminal legislation."