In a recent interview for the elite magazine "22", the US Ambassador to Romania, Nicholas Taubman, speaks about the latest political evolutions in Romania and the US position on the ongoing political crisis.
"In any fair political competition, chances should be equal for all parties involved, there should be no games arranged against one player or another", says the US official.
After warning a month ago that Romania is about to make some steps back, Taubman explains now that the US are ready to "help Romania consolidate its democratic institutions".
"The political situation today raised some questions for investors and businessmen and not only. I repeatedly said that Romania must make some progress in reforming the Justice system and in the anti graft campaign", said Taubman.
"The partnership between Romania and the US is not about relationships between individuals. We expect the Romanian policy to continue on the same way".
"We consider we have a long term strategic partnership with Romania".
"Romania's status as a member of the EU and NATO implies (...) respecting high standards of democratic governance, not only in theory, but in practice as well. I am worries with some things I heard lately about games and political tactics that do not sound fair play to me".
"In any fair political competition, chances should be equal for all parties involved, there should be no games arranged against one player or another. The rules of the game can not be changed from one day to another".
"I am optimistic. Many American companies are interested in Romania. But only Romania can develop a positive economic environment".
"The rule of the law, the predictability and stability must exist. A lot has still to be made in the anti corruption campaign".