“So, either you are lying, or the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is. In the next few days, the situation will be made clear, and I hope that the consequences are also clear,” the Slovenian Democratic Party (Slovenska demokratska stranka – SDS) President Janez Janša said at Thursday’s extraordinary session of the National Assembly. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon listed a number of “reasons,” in addition to other excuses, for her decision not to support the adoption of the resolution on listing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Among them, apparently, there were also some fictional ones. She was caught in a lie in the National Assembly by the SDS party President Janez Janša, and her response was not very convincing and confident, as one would expect from someone who speaks the truth.
The main topic of Thursday’s extraordinary session of the National Assembly was the debate on the SDS party’s proposal for a resolution on the classification of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Some MPs found many excuses for refusing to adopt the resolution, including Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon, who repeatedly claimed that the Romanian Foreign Ministry had also discussed the issue and had rejected the proposal. The SDS party checked this information and found that Fajon was not telling the truth. If Fajon was indeed lying, there will be consequences, and the SDS President Janez Janša also told her what they would be.
As the former Prime Minister pointed out, in addition to some international associations, of which Slovenia is also a member, some parliaments of other European countries have already adopted such a resolution. “The fact is that so far, only one country has rejected such a resolution, and that is Slovenia,” he said. After Fajon took the floor, she claimed that the resolution had been discussed and adopted exclusively by countries that have a history with Russia or are its neighbours, and that some other EU Member States had also rejected it. According to Fajon, Romania was also among them, although the SDS party did not receive confirmation of this from the Romanian Foreign Ministry, and Janša caught Fajon in a lie in front of the entire National Assembly.
The Romanian Parliament never discussed the resolution
“Dear Minister Fajon, you said that the Romanian Parliament debated a similar issue in mid-December and rejected the resolution. We asked the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about this after we could not find any information on the internet about when the Romanian Parliament had supposedly discussed this, and their answer was that such a discussion has never happened. So, you are lying. My question is whether you will resign over this. Because we have asked the same question three times and got a false answer three times. And to a verifiable fact.”
“So, either you are lying, or the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is. In the next few days, the situation will be made clear, and I hope that the consequences are also clear,” Janša told Fajon. If this is true, consequences will follow that Fajon will not be able to avoid, as she did when answering questions in the National Assembly in Thursday’s session.