AP Interview: Romanian president says Russia has created conflicts all around the Black Sea

Romania's president says Russia has created a chain of frozen conflicts around the Black Sea to further President Vladimir Putin's rebuilding of the former Soviet Union along its former border with the West.

Romanian President Traian Basescu, referring to conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, says "if you look at the map, you will see this chain of frozen conflicts" around the Black Sea "that can be set off at any time."

Speaking to the Associated Press in an interview Monday, Basescu said Putin's priorities "seem to be connected to the point of contact between the European Union and NATO." He said Ukraine and Moldova were "a priority for Vladimir Putin, who wants to rebuild the Soviet Union."