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January 25, 2022

Basescu: As of 2013, Romania will be unable to defend air space

Romania will become unable to defend its air space as of 2013, as it cannot afford to buy multi-role military aircraft to replace current MIG 21 LanceR aircraft, which are to be taken out of use, but Bucharest will stand by its commitments regarding military presence in Afghanistan, the president Traian Basescu stated, on Thursday.

In an interview to the public television, the head of state argued that Romania should acknowledge, including at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, that it would be unable to meet its global security commitments to the Alliance, but added that most NATO European member states failed to meet these commitments.

Commenting on the present economic context, the president claimed that crisis in Romania would not be prolonged, owing to the concrete austerity measures taken by the Government.

“Romania did what it had to do in 2010, I hope it will complete everything that needs to be done and we won’t be caught in this whirlpool which high sovereign debts may bring in their wake and we will have indications of this very soon,” the head of state said. In reference to the austerity measures taken by the Government, he stated: “We were one of the countries which took things seriously and Romanians suffered the consequences, but it will be, again, the Romanians who will reap the benefits, that is, a stable Romania, which will no longer bear the burden of sovereign debt.”

According to the head of state, Romania was prevented to emerge out of the recession in the past months by the Constitutional Court’s ruling against the 15 per cent pension cut, which led to the hiking of the value-added tax by 5 per cent, thus affecting the business environment.

At the same time, the president added that the Government was due to contract an approximately EUR 1 bln-loan, around November 24, 2010, oversubscription could be a token of the positive effect of austerity measures.

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