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Romania, possible drone debris found on soil near Ukraine

"Serious violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity"

06 September, 18:02

(ANSA-AFP) - BEIJING, SEP 7 - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday called for an "urgent investigation" into debris of what it believed to be a drone, which was discovered on its soil following attacks in neighbouring Ukraine. The revelation comes after NATO member Romania repeatedly rejected claims by Kyiv that Iranian-made Russian drones fell and detonated on Romanian territory during a strike on the Ukrainian port of Izmail on Sunday night. "Investigators discovered elements resembling drone debris in the evening of 5 September," the defence ministry said in a press release. The discovery was made in the vicinity of Plauru, a Romanian village on the other side of the Danube, across from the Ukrainian port of Izmail.
    Technical analysis will now be carried out to "determine (the debris') origin and characteristics", it added. After stating that no drone or debris was recovered on its soil earlier this week, Iohannis appeared to row back on Wednesday, calling for "an urgent and professional investigation". "If it is confirmed that these elements belonged to a Russian drone, such a situation would be completely inadmissible and a serious violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Romania, a NATO ally," he said at the start of the Three Seas Initiative summit hosted by Bucharest. Catalin Drula, oppositi (ANSA-AFP).

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