"Romania has no experience in annexing other states", was the answer Romanian President Basescu gave to a question addressed by a Russian Parliamentarian, who asked whether Romania plans to annex Moldova to enlarge the country. President Basescu laughed and rejected the hypothesis, which was the focus of the Russian papers in the last years.
In the same Q&A session, Basesci said that Romania’s objective is to see Moldova become a EU member state when it will be prepared. Basescu said that Romania will attempt to convince EU partners to consider Moldova’s integration process in the same time with the integration of Western Balkan countries.
President Basescu said that the moment when Moldova will be considered a candidate state is not so far away and the essential condition is for the newly installed government to have the necessary stability to continue reforms started in 2009 and 2010. EPP group representative was interested to know Romania’s long term policy on offering citizenship for citizens in the Republic of Moldova.
The President answered that Romania’s law is not made for Moldovan citizens but for all those citizens who abusively lost their Romanian citizenship. Another question the President received regarding the Republic of Moldova was why the country does not admit Moldova’s borders to which the President reminded the audience that Romania, back in 1991 was the first state in the world to admit Moldova’s independence and never stopped sustaining Moldova to resolve the Transniester problem and re-establish the territorial integrity of the country.
Basescu said that Romania never had territorial claims over this country or over any other countries. He underlined that Romania signed another border treaty recently to prove that it has no other intentions. If the French Parliamentarians were interested mainly on Schengen and the Roma community, those from Hungary were interested in the Romania region where the Hungarian minority is concentrated. Regarding this, Basescu said that Bucharest authorities to not stand for the theory of autonomy on ethnic grounds but the country increased its local autonomy.