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ForMin: Normalcy, the only option for Romania-Russian Federation relation

Romania's relation with the Russian Federation can and must stay normal, and the Foreign Ministry has constantly shown its availability to this end, Romanian chief diplomat Teodor Baconschi on Thursday told a press conference.

He thus answered a question from the press regarding the reprimand Romania might receive from its Western allies following the exchange of sharp words between Bucharest and Moscow, sparked by the opinion expressed by President Traian Basescu on the historical significance of the June 22, 1941 moment, as well as the criticism voiced in this respect by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the NATO-Russia Council.

'You saw that after this incident Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen (the NATO Secretary-General) acted as diplomatically as always, he only said that these are bilateral issues that need to be to be addressed bilaterally, and I think this subject has already been overplayed,' said Baconschi.

In response to the reaction of the Moscow Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Traian Basescu said that the Romanian Parliament has condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, that the Soviet Union no longer exists and that it's the Russian Federation Romania now has a relation with. At the same time, the Romanian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned in a statement 'the completely inappropriate language' of the Russian diplomacy.
Accord on antimissile shield not to be signed by Obama and Basescu, but probably by Foreign Ministers

The Accord on the deployment of the US antimissile system elements on Romania's territory is most likely to be signed by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, and not by President Barack Obama and President Traian Basescu, and the signing could happen this autumn, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi told a news conference, on Thursday.

'I think it will not be Romania's President and the US President to sign the Accord manu propria (by their own hands), but probably by the top diplomats of the two countries. And we have been working on the terms that the Accord should be signed in, as soon as possible. US Ambassador to Romania and I have had a working breakfast, in the morning, and we both are confident the optimal framework for the next step, will be find by autumn,' said ForMin Baconschi.

Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said two months before that works together with the State Department were in progress to prepare President Traian Basescu's visit to the United States, and the Romanian media were making allegations, over the months after the end of the Romanian-US negotiations on the Accord on the deployment of the US antimissile system on Romania's territory, that the document could be signed by the two Presidents, who might have the opportunity to hold their first official meeting, on that special occasion.

US Ambassador in Bucharest Mark Gitenstein said on July 4, he had no information whether the Basescu-Obama meeting might happen, on the occasion of the signing of the Accord on the antimissile shield. He added, there is a discontent, at the highest level, both in Bucharest and in Washington, with the fact that a bilateral meeting between President Barack Obama and President Traian Basescu has not happened yet, but it is still working on.