September 5, 2020

september 5, 2020 Bucharest hosts Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum./ Sorana Cirstea in third round action at US Open.

Coronavirus. 1,269 new daily coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday in Romania, taking the infections number to almost 94,000. 38 new deaths were also reported, which raises the death toll to 3,850. The highest number of new cases were in Bucharest, 352, followed by Iasi and Bacau counties. 476 people are in intensive care. Among the Romanian nationals living abroad, 6.599have contracted the virus, mostly in Germany, Italy and Spain, and 126 have died. 

Forum. The European Union is still divided with respect to defence and military industry - was the conclusion of discussions on day two of the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum organised in Bucharest by the New Strategy Center with the support of the foreign affairs and defence ministries. Talks looked at all types of security risks and threats in the Black Sea region and the Balkans, including those arising in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. On day one of the forum on Friday, the Romanian defence minister Nicolae Ciuca warned that the Black Sea is one of NATO's most vulnerable regions and that the entire region has become the place where NATO's credibility and defence and deterrence posture are most frequently tested. NATO must defend Bucharest and Sofia the same way it defends Brussels or Lisbon, said the Romanian minister. He added that NATO needs the consolidation of allied capacity and posture in the region. The minister also explained that Russia's aggressive attitude, the growing militarisation of the Black Sea area and of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed illegally, as well as a number of frozen conflicts make this region a source of risks not only for the area and Europe, but also for the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Ukraine's defence minister Andriy Taran, who attended the forum, called for Romania's expert assistance to improve Ukraine's defence planning and capabilities and boost the interoperability of Ukraine's troops with those of NATO. On Saturday, the defence ministers of Romania and Ukraine signed an inter-governmental agreement for technical and military cooperation.

UN. The Romanian foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu on Friday addressed an informal UN Security Council meeting held online on the human rights situation in Belarus, a meeting initiated by Estonia and backed by Romania alongside the UK, the US, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. Aurescu said Romania would continue to call on the Belarus authorities and their supporters to put an end to repression and intimidation, to engage in genuine dialogue with the opposition and civil society, to stop unfounded accusations against neighbouring states and to act responsibly to achieve social peace and prosperity based on democracy and respect for fundamental rights in a free, independent and sovereign Belarus. The Romanian minister recalled that Romania, alongside EU member states, has condemned the violation of human rights in Belarus, has not recognised the result of elections and has called for the release of all political prisoners and for starting political dialogue as soon as possible. Bucharest is also in favour of EU sanctions against those responsible for repression and for rigging the elections and is looking for ways to support civil society and the free press in Belarus, the Romanian minister also said. The citizens of Belarus deserve to have their rights respected and the international community must act efficiently, he added.

Music. 13 young cellists from 54 participants have reached the second stage of the George Enescu International Competition. The participants selected after the second stage will take part in the competition's semifinal, which will be held on the 13th of May next year at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. This year's edition of the George Enescu International Competition, which was due to take place between 29th August and 20th September, has bern reorganised because of the pandemic into two separate events: the first two stages are held online in September, as initially scheduled, while the semifinals and the finals in each category will be held in May next year. The competition has brought together 205 musicians from 39 different countries. 184 are competition in the three instrument sections, namely violin, cello and piano, while 21 are competition in the composition section.

Football. Romania drew 1-all against Northern Ireland on Friday night in Bucharest in a Group 1 League B match as part of the Nations League competition. On Monday, Romania will be facing Austria away. Romania are also in the group with Norway, which they will be playing next month. These are Romania's first matches with a new manager, Mirel Radoi, the man who last year took Romania's Under 21 side to the semifinals of the European Championship. On October 8, Romania will be playing Iceland away in the semifinals of the 2020 EURO qualifying playoffs. If they qualify, Romania will further play the winner of the other semifinal, Hungary or Bulgaria. Also on Friday night, Romania's under-21 side defeated Finland 3-1 in a qualifying match for next year's European Under-21 Championship.

Tennis. Sorana Cirstea of Romania is today facing Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in the third round at the US Open. Cirstea is the only Romanian singles player still in competition. In the doubles, the Romanian-Dutch pair Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer are today playing against the first seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia.
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