The Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, has delivered a thinly-veiled warning to The U.S.S.R. against any?
The Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, has delivered a thinly-veiled warning to The U.S.S.R. against any Soviet-inspired attempts to sabotage his government. He said it was the "sacred right of each nation to decide its own destiny, "and added that Rumania was not prepared to go along with increased military spending within the Warsaw Pact.
SYNOPSIS: President Ceausescu was speaking to thousands of Communist Party officials at a rally on Friday (December 1) in Bucharest to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of modern Rumania. In a clear reference to the Soviet Union, President Ceausescu said that relations between European Communist countries had to be based on equality without any governing pattern and without outside interference.
Mr Ceausescu, defending Rumania's defiance of the Soviet Union at a recent Moscow meeting of the seven nation Warsaw Pact, said that, as a sovereign country, it was not willing to go along with proposed extra military spending. He said such spending would further jeopardise east-west detente, would run contrary to worldwide trends towards peace and would block Rumania's drive for industrialisation and higher living standards. He also emphasised that the Rumanian army would act on directives from its own government - on-one else. The President added a thinly veiled warning that Moscow might attempt to subvert his regime by using "counter-revolutionary forces."
His speech produced a swift response from Moscow. The official Soviet news agency Tass, in a commentary directed at Mr Ceausescu, said on Saturday (December 2) that extra defence spending was essential because the West was trying to wreck detente. Rumanian officials said later that they believed world opinion would force the Soviet Union to weigh its response to Rumania's defiance very carefully.