The Romanian Foreign Ministry announced it had notified NATO allies about the latest incident on Wednesday, when new fragments of a drone similar to those used by the Russian Army were found in Romania, in Tulcea County.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) said it will urgently summon the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bucharest for explanations.
In a press release sent on Wednesday evening, the MAE “reiterates its firm protest against the violation, once again, of Romania’s airspace”.
“Against the background of the identification on September 13, 2023, of new fragments of a drone similar to those used by the Russian army, dispersed over an area of several tens of meters, in Tulcea county, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its firm protest against the violation, once again , of Romania’s airspace. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly calls for an end to the repeated attacks against the Ukrainian population and civil infrastructure and the irresponsible escalation by the Russian Federation of the security situation, including at the border between Romania and Ukraine, and at the same time calls for compliance with the norms of international law, including the inviolability of airspace of Romania.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its firm condemnation of these illegal attacks, which violate international law and are considered war crimes.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed and is consulting with NATO allies on developments on the border between Romania and Ukraine, including today’s incident. Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will urgently summon the head of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation”, the MAE said.
Shortly before the MAE announcement, the Ministry of National Defense said that the fragments found on Wednesday between the towns of Nufăru and Victoria in Tulcea county are from a drone similar to those used by the Russian army.
Meanwhile, the Russian forces continued, during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the attacks on the Ukrainian port infrastructure from Reni and Izmail, in the proximity of the border between Ukraine and Romania.
The Romanian authorities sent an RO-Alert message to 8 localities in Tulcea county, located near the border with Ukraine.
The town of Nufăru is 14-15 km from the closest points to the border with Ukraine, and Victoria is 17-18 km from the border. Nufăru is 10 km from the center of Tulcea.
The first two cases of drone remains found on Romanian territory were near the town of Plauru, located practically on the border, but Nufăru and Victoria are much further from the border.
In none of the three cases so far, Romania’s radars have not detected anything.