The political consensus in Romania remains very much pro-European and in favour of deeper integration, enforcement of democratic standards and the consolidation of a common foreign and security policy.
An analysis of 4,741 public pages populating Romania’s Facebook universe has revealed that the rather limited influence of overt pro-Russian outlets in Romania has not discouraged the Kremlin from speculating local, like-minded individuals and organisations in promoting a divisive narrative targeting mainly our trans-Atlantic orientation and EU membership.
Dimitar Bechev (Atlantic Council, Oxford Analytica) & Suat Kiniklioglu (SWP) discuss a new paper by Ovidiu Raețchi (former vice-chair of the Defence Committee in the Romanian Parliament Chamber of Deputies), which reframes Turkey’s relationship with Russia in a logic of competitive cooperation, assessing its impact on the wider Black Sea security ecosystem
In this paper, GlobalFocus Center fellow Ovidiu Raețchi reframes the intriguing relationship recently developed between traditional regional adversaries Russia and Turkey as one of competitive cooperation. Make no mistake, he argues: the element of competition remains; the presidential choreographies, however, point to an informal agreement at the highest level, between Putin and Erdogan, to avoid any serious deterioration of relations, each of them considering that one has more to lose if he makes the other vulnerable and obtains geopolitical gains at the other’s expense.
Ovidiu Raețchi is an expert on Middle Eastern politics and history and a former vice-chair of the Committee on Defence, Public Order and National Security of the Chamber of Deputies in the Romanian Parliament.