The Romanian military prosecutor has announced that seven soldiers and a civilian are being investigated in connection to fuel theft at a NATO military base located in the eastern region.
The prosecution has taken the eight suspects into custody and is now seeking temporary warrants for arrest for 28 days.
In a statement, the prosecution stated that the soldiers were part the Mihail Kgalniceanu Airbase and had repeatedly stolen diesel over 2022 for their personal use or to sell.
Unfortunately, it was impossible to reach the suspects immediately in order to get their comments.
This is the second criminal probe into fuel theft at Kogalniceanu (an air base at Black Sea used by US forces since 1999).
In late 2021, the US government filed a complaint against Romanian authorities. They arrested an organized crime organization that stole around $2 million in diesel and other fuel over five years.
A US-based missile defense system is located in Romania, both a NATO member and a member of the European Union. A permanent alliance battle force was established in Romania by French troops stationed on its territory in central Romania.
Romania currently has less than 4,600 NATO troops.
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