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May 23, 2024

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, 23.05.2024, 14:22

SECURITY Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday said there is no direct threat for Romania but the heads of the army are ready for al possible situations. The president also said that Romania would not send troops to Ukraine and that the alternative of giving an air-defence system to Ukraine would be discussed in the country’s Higher Defence Council. In turn, chief of staff general Gheorghita Vlad has mentioned the need for increasing Romania’s response capabilities through the employment of new technologies and military gear.

 

RALLY Several trade unions are today staging a protest meeting in front of the government building in Bucharest. The protesters have denounced a series of inequities and salary discriminations in their fields of activity. The protest involves the participation of the employees of several institutions from the filed of environmental protection, from the Trade Registry, Europol, the national archives and the National Council for Combating Discrimination in sport and among the youth. The Labour Ministry has put up for public debates a draft law on raising the wages of several categories of state employees by 10 percent this year, a move that attracted a lot of heat from trade unions.

 

BSDA Bucharest is hosting until tomorrow the “Black Sea Defence and Aerospace“, the biggest exhibition of military technique and equipment in the region. The event has brought together over 400 producers of military equipment and technologies from roughly 30 NATO members and partner countries. BSDA showcases the latest military technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, which includes as its main attraction, the multi-role fifth-generation jet fighter, F-35, the US Air Force has for the first time brought to an exhibition in Europe. Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, who participated in the opening of the aforementioned exhibition, said that against the background of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, revitalizing Romania’s defence industry has become a priority of the Romanian government.

 

TENNIS Romanian tennis players Gabriela Ruse and Cristina Dinu, last night managed to qualify for the final round of the qualifiers for the singles draw of the Roland Garros tournament, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Cristina Dinu qualified after Japanese Mai Hontama abandoned the game at 5-2 to the Romanian. In turn Gabriela Ruse clinched a two-set win 6-3, 6-4 against Suzan Lamens of the Netherlands. In the other game of the second preliminary round, Romanian player Miriam Bulgaru conceded defeat to US challenger Katie Volynets 6-0, 7-5. Sorana Cirstea, Jaqueline Cristian, Ana Bogdan and Irina Begu are directly qualified on the main draw.

 

NASTY The Romanian feature film NASTY directed by Cristian Pascariu, Tudor D. Popescu and Tudor Giurgiu is today being screened in the ‘Special Screenings’ section of the International Film Festival in Cannes. The event will also include a Q&A session hosted by the three directors. The film offers a captivating incursion into the life of Romania’s legendary tennis player Ilie Nastase, who dominated the national and international tennis back in the 70s. Besides his sheer talent, Nastase compelled recognition through an electrifying style, winning the public with his eccentric personality as well as with his volcanic and often controversial temperament. The Cannes festival is due to end on Saturday.

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