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On 1st of November 2014, the President General-Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had made an on the spot information visit to Agricultural Exhibition INDAGRA 2014.

Official visit to INDAGRA 2014

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Kazakhstan Ambassador Daulet Batrashev inspecting agricultural machineries at the Agricultural Fair-INDAGRA 2014


This year has brought about a plus of prestige, luster and representativeness for INDAGRA agricultural fair, had stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, clearly enthusiastic about the presence of a record number of countries to the event. At the venue where presented firms from 22 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Korea (South), Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Moldavia, Holland, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Hungary etc.


In order to offer new opportunities for Romanian economy Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had invited the Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev to accompany him during his visit to agricultural exhibition.

Kazakhstan is enjoying the greatest agricultural potential amongst the Central Asia region and can widely benefit from Romanian agricultural experience, from Romanian products and our state of the art technology and no other place is better illustrating thus enormous potential of our country than INDAGRA 2014 stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The visit started with a stopover at CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU)-the diplomatic partner and creator of DIPLOMATIC WINE OF ROMANIA for 2014-the best Romanian wine.

Ambassador Daulet Batrashev at INDAGRA 2014

Tasting Romanian Diplomatic Wine for 2014 (from right to left): H.E. Kazakhstan Ambassador Daulet Batrashev, IRUCE PDG-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Mrs. Ioana Tudor-CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU) Director, CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU) somellier, Mr. Marian Nistor-HORECA developer for CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU).

At CASA PANCIU, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and his guests could appreciate the new wines of 2014 harvest such as: Chardonnay variety (dry), Cabernet Sauvignon transformed onto white wine (dry) – the star of this year winery  production, Aligote (medium-dry), Şarba-Romanian specific variety (medium-dry), Rose made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes) – dry, Cabernet Sauvignon & Feteasca Neagra 2012 (dry), as well a perfect Romanian variety as Feteasca Neagra(Black Girl) 2013.


Kazakhstan Ambassador had tasted the well-known and appreciated wines from HOUSE OF PANCIU and was in owe at the long-lasting taste, aroma and savory of the Vrancea wines, that are clearly surpassing celebrated wines from Italy or France and must be presented on the Kazakhstan market, where will find favor with the lovers and connoisseurs of fine and quality wines.

The visit had continued to the small and medium producers from Transylvania region and horse breeding stable from Sibiu County, where Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had highly appreciated the horses exhibited and Kazakhstan Ambassador had also related with his country traditions in the field of husbandry, horse farms and stables.

The delegation moved on and visited the ship farms from Marginimea Sibiului region where all present where interested in observing traditional milking and cheese production techniques from the region.


President Anton Caragea-INDAGRA2014

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea admiring the horse show put in place at INDAGRA 2014 Agricultural Fair.


INDAGRA 2014 had clearly marked a perfect opportunity for Romanian diplomacy to highlight for the world the high quality of Romanian food and agricultural industry products and to get the limelight for the traditional recipes that are transforming the Romanian food products in true symbols of perfect quality and taste, perfect for export.

The remarkable Romanian wine from HOUSE OF PANCIU-CASA PANCIU had already conquered the world and it is now the time that more and more agricultural products of our country to be promoted and recognized as veritable ambassadors of our nation in the world had concluded the President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.

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In the last months the use of Romanian foreign politics by Republicans in United States to hinder Barrack Obama policy , gets an unusual scrutiny as the Bucharest movements in the Black Sea region are reminding more and more of a Cold war time activity than a peaceful time diplomacy. The Bucharest support for Georgian army re-equipment and for Georgian government strong positions toward Russia or the support offered from Bucharest to the Moldavian anti-Russian and reformist government and finally the decision unilaterally announced by Romania to host the controversial antimissile shield left the region in limbo. But what is behind this biting the nose of Russia policy practice by Romania?

Tension at Black Sea.

From august 2008 when the Georgian – Russian war has broken out the peace at Black sea seemed long forgotten.   Almost on a monthly bases Tbilisi is trying, to put a brave face the latest part in this never ending saga: a broadcast in the night of 13 March at a Georgian television announcing that Russian troops have invaded Georgia and President Saackashvili, a staunch opponent to Russia was assassinated. This latest part in a show of tension between Georgia and Russia was destined to unify Georgian people against Russia and to boost the Georgian president authority. But this was just a media show; in January 2010 Tbilisi hosted an energy summit destined to promote an alternative energy route and source of supplies bypassing Russia. Only Romania was present at this show of force sending the Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu while the rest of the countries choose to ignore the invitation or to send no names to this anti-Russia show.


A Black Sea with NATO forces.

A new initiative from Romania is sending sock waives on Black Sea. A debate on Montreaux Convention (signed in 1936 and neutralizing the Dardanelle Straits and banning foreign military naval forces entering in the Black Sea) Now important voices are explaining that United States bases from Bulgaria and Romania could not be defended properly and neither the anti-missile shield could not operate at 100% capacity without a NATO permanent presence in the Black Sea. In NATO will established a stable naval based on the model of Mediterranean Sea the faith of Russian navy will be sealed and in 2018 when Sevastopol base will be evacuated practically the Black Sea will become a NATO lake and operation like 2008 war with  Georgia will be unthinkable .

Romania- Poland: a wall on the East.

In the next weeks the Romanian President is waited in Poland in a visit destined to forge a new Romania – Poland alliance. Nominally the alliance is directed towards nobody but as foreign commentator said is enough to look on the map to see where the alliance is directed. Also history is marking that in 1921 Poland and Romania also marked a partnership against Soviet Russia, a partnership that resisted until the broken of the Second World War in 1939. This successful partnership on controlling Eastern Europe is a memory that remained registered in the diplomatic memory of Bucharest and Warsaw.

Chisinau: a new line of confrontation.

A success of the last year of this powerful policy toward East headed by Bucharest was the orange revolution held in Chisinau that chased out of power the communist party and offered a slim majority to the pro-Europe opposition. This success was quickly fortified by Romania with economic help and with a strong advocacy voice in Europe pressing for a support to the young democracy flourishing in Moldova. But clouds are gathering quickly. The communist opposition is strong enough to block the elections of any pro-Europe candidate and this could lead to anticipate elections. In a climate of economic disorder and high inflation and with a monthly medium wage ranged around 40 USD a communist victory is almost inevitable. Bucharest is supporting a reform movement that is trying to modify the way that the President is elected giving a chance to avoid new elections. Russia is not regarding this Romanian involvement in what is consider here back door with positive eyes. Contrary Russia ,after here victory in Ukraine where a candidate of centrist parties Viktor Yanukovich, favorable to a friendship policy towards Moscow  has reported a resounding victory, is concentrating his efforts on new battle ground: Moldavia.

Romania and Ukraine: or how the love has faded away.

Five years ago when an orange revolution sweep to power in Bucharest President Traian Basescu and in Ukraine , President Victor Yushcenko a honeymoon was established between Romania and Ukraine . Both presidents initiated a reform movement in the Russia influence area, supported Georgia`s Mikhail Saakashvili independence politics and foster a plan for democracy building even in Russia. But this time quickly became history, now in Ukraine an independent personality, with a strong backing from Russian speaking eastern part of the country come to power. Usually the Romanian President was an all time presence in Kiev, this time he didn’t find time to participate in the inaugural ceremony of Viktor Yanukovich . Also recent declaration reminding that Romania is having issues with Ukraine regarding Romanian minority rights in Ukraine, a controversial channel build by Ukraine on Danube Delta and many other issues all are depicting a more tension image. If we put in the balance that Ukraine is having herself interests in Republic of Moldavia that are not exactly the same as Romania`s presidential vision  we could say that the honey moon is over.


The shield of our discontent.

Finally the already world known decision take but Romanian President to host the long debated anti-missile shield on Romanians soil. The decision taken without Parliament consent or political approval send Moscow in a rage speaking even by Cold War resurrection .The decision made tones of ink to be spread on newspapers and comments and will surely make many other tones in the next months . The most important is the United States attitude; already the Republican personalities announced that they will not forget the Romanian strong pro-US stance and promised a strong support if they will take the control of the Parliament in November elections. A long line of republicans key figure already find their way to Romania expressing their views that Bucharest will be even strongly backed in this baiting the nose of Russia policy if they will take the reins after Barrack Obama. In this Black Sea policy the next move will come in the next months from Russia. What this move will be?


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Moldavia: between revolution and geopolitics.

Moldavia: between revolution and geopolitics.

In the last days the capital of Republic of Moldavia was the scene of several violent manifestations remembering the velvet revolutions of 1989 against communist dictatorship in Eastern Europe.  Whatever will be the outcome of these popular actions we must remember the geopolitical destiny of Republic of Moldavia, destiny that this popular outcry tries to change.

Republic of Moldavia: Stalin`s child.               

 If it is today to find in Europe a product of Stalin`s vision still surviving this will surely be Republic of Moldavia. Created in 1924 on the left bank of the river Nistru this republic was in Stalin opinion a window for the URSS to keep open the option of  the long march to Istanbul. Ti this aimed the so called Moldavian republic was at that time only an autonomous republic placed under the control of the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and the center for the greatest soviet army, Ukraine south who was destined to conquer Romania, Bulgaria and to open the road for the Soviet Army to Istanbul, the city of the tsars as the Russians know it. In 1944 when the soviet army was wining the Second World War Stalin decided to restructure the so called autonomous republic and to make it a Soviet Republic with capital in Kishinev  and offered as territory the ancient Romanian province of Bessarabia.

The geopolitical idea of the new Republic of Moldavia was unchanged: in Moldavia in the cold war years was stationed the greatest soviet army: 14-th army from Tiraspol with the same military objectives: conquering Turkey and the Middle East. Also in republic of Moldavia was the greatest military supervision center, telecommunication interceptor and the greatest factory for short range rocket and military equipment.

Republic of Moldavia : Russia window to Balkans.  

When the Soviet Union collapsed the Russian Federation decided to maintained the control of this territory from various reasons: while Republic of Moldavia was under Russian control the hope to reconstruct the southern part of the  Soviet Empire was still alive.

 Republic of Moldavia could be a factor to threat Romania and to keep a window for Balkans and a placed to surround Ukraine and to stop any attempt of Kiev to brake the Russian encircle and to create a European and NATO destiny for Ukraine. Russia concentrated all his efforts in 1991 and 1992 to maintained Republic of Moldavia in his sphere of influence; he organized a rebellion with the support of 14-th Army in Transnistria, a small province of Republic of Moldavia at the Ukraine border. In Transnistria where located the military factory and the barracks of the 14-th Army that Russia was not eager to loose in the favor of the new state.

Finally after the Transnistria war in 1991-1992 and the Russian military direct intervention  a coup d’état was stage at Kishinev  and the democratic prime minister at that time , Mircea Druc was deposed and forced to fled to exile. From that time Russia supported puppets regime in the Republic of Moldova that signed the joining of Moldavia to Community of Independent State, signed treaty with Russia and created an economy dependent only on the Russian market and support.     All this time Russia did not accept to evacuate Transnistria and to support the integration of the rebel province into Moldavia ( the scenario of Abkhazia in Georgia ) and created in Transnistria a mafia state supported by the illegal arm supplies to all countries in war from Zaire to Rwanda and Saddam Hussein`s Iraq.

 Republic of Moldavia remained under Russian control even in 2004/2005 when the region was under the orange revolution time that tried to orient this space towards US and European Union. But the last two years 2007/2008 changed this landscape of compliance with Russian federation political views.


Republic of Moldavia: wind of change ?

Many factors had contributed to this: rapid deterioration of economic situation, decrees in wage and pension values, growing of unemployment and Russian reduction of subsidies. The final blow to Moldavian economy came in January when the Russia-Ukraine gas row practically produced the collapse of Moldavian budget. Not only economy has failed in Moldavia, but also for the first time in the last 20 years a real European implication in this area started to be created, E.U. missions, and investments created a feeling that finally Russia has a geopolitical counterpart and a new vision for Moldavia could be possible. Finally the Romanian economy rapid development created a magnet for Moldavia population who is Romanian as origin, language and history and started to hope that a Romanian support for a European Union enlargement with Moldavia could be possible. This new political landscape made the political power at Kishinev  even more hard-line: Russian relation where tightened, the border with Romania was shut and Romanian media banned from Moldavia. In this atmosphere of cold war the communist power at Kishinev  was sure that he will win the election.   

The fact that Republic of Moldavia is not meeting any democratic criteria is not a surprise to anyone. The National TV and Radio are under the state control, the opposition is not aloud participation of state media, the newspapers are controlled, and the economy is under state regulation and local mafia control. The April 5-th elections were held after two month of violent verbal assaults on the opposition from the government part, massive pressure on opposition media, banning of  opposition gathering and the long list of irregularity could go on forever. Finally in the election day 35% percent of the population of Moldavia decided to go on holiday and voted on supplementary list ( without paper control) which is strange generally in the world this number is no greater than 2% , but the population of Moldavia ,loves traveling on election day it seemed.                                                                                                                                No surprise, in this condition the Communist Party claimed victory with 50% percent of the electoral votes, even better that his on prediction. This was a mistake, the opposition was ready to accept a negation for power and a power sharing deal for a slow democratization but this result showed that Communist Party wanted to rule alone and no compromise was possible. This sparked the popular discontent and lead to massive demonstration in Moldavian capital: Kishinev.

No chance for Moldavia.

Unfortunately this popular action has little chance to change anything: US is having an appeasement approach towards Russia and Barrack Obama is not Bush in august war in Georgia. So no chance of a US support operation for a late orange revolution. European Union is also eager to strike economical deals and energy deals with Russia not to further antagonized the power of Russia. Finally Romania is crippled by economic problems, a president in a corruption scandal and seeking reelection in much contested election at the end of the year. In this political landscape the geopolitical destiny of Republic of Moldavia will remained the same, in the orbit of Russian action.                  

Professor Anton Caragea



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