Romania isn’t a priority for Russia’s foreign policy
Romania and Russia do not have very dynamic relations. It seems that both countries are not considering a priority the relations with each other.
Russian Ambassador to Bucharest, Oleg Malginov said during an interview with Romania’s B1 TV that the cold relations between Bucharest and Moscow are owed by the lack of interest from both states, but also because of the new identities the two countries gained. According to him Romania is not among the priorities of Russia’s foreign policy because they already have another ally – the United States.
“One of the root causes was the loss of interest, Romania and Russia starting to build a new identity and statehood, emphasizing their own problems. Romania has leaned toward the West, the USA, and that’s why Romania remained out of Russia’s foreign affairs priorities,” Ambassador Malginov said.
According to him, there isn’t blankness between Romania and Russia. The lack of good and positive relations could lead to negative relations.
“Before 1989 the Romanian-Russian relation was quite good from an economic perspective. The hollow space cannot exist between two close countries. If there isn’t a positive dynamic, the place will be taken by a negative dynamic,” Mr. Malginov said.
Romania’s foreign policy changed after 1989 when the Communist regime fell. The country reframed its economic and political priorities, going for less economic relations with Russia. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and later 2007 joined the European Union – two international structures Russia does not quite agree with.