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Bucharest, Nov 10 /Agerpres/ - Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the candidate of the electoral alliance made up of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National Union for Romania's Progress (UNPR) and the Conservative Party (PC) in the presidential elections, believes that Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation currently represent the highest security risk to our region and to Romania after 1989.

'I believe Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, because we are not talking about persons, we are talking about states, currently represent to our region and to Romania the highest security risk after 1989. I believe our legit interests, the Republic of Moldova first of all, which must follow its European path, are clearly clashing, since we are supporting Moldova to join the European Union and the Russian Federation wants to prevent it from that. This is also valid for Ukraine, for Georgia. Beware, this is valid - maybe you didn't expect it - yesterday I met Serbia's Prime Minister who told a press conference that Serbia's path is in the European Union. You can imagine he didn't incite the other side to enthusiasm. From this stand, the Russian Federation, led by Mr Putin, represents the highest risk for security and for the strategic elections of the neighbouring countries, which to us are the most important: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia,' Ponta said on Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Sunday.

He added that the main weapon of the Russian Federation was energy, for which reason Romania needed to become energy independent.

'I have also said it in the international meetings and I am also saying it here, in Romania; the main weapon of the Russian Federation and of Mr Putin is not represented by the aircraft or the tanks or the frigates, but the main weapon is represented by energy, for which reason Romania, if it wants to be powerful, and it is powerful, must become energy independent. In terms of electricity, we have competitiveness and export capacity, because we now want to send it to the Republic of Moldova, but we cannot transport it; in terms of gas, given that we still have to import 15 up to 20 per cent of the total consumption, depending on the situation, from GAZPROM, we must have our own resources,' Ponta added.

On the other hand, Ponta pointed out that he wasn't an admirer of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. 'I am not an admirer of Viktor Orban, not Orban is an admirer of mine. I believe he is the only prime minister in Europe with whom I haven't had an official meeting. Of course, we met in Brussels, but...' Ponta also said. AGERPRES

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