Minister of Defence Mircea Dusa stated yesterday at a military celebration in Pitesti that it was necessary to purchase F16 airplanes because the country’s airspace is broken into daily by “unidentified or unauthorised” airships. The most recent such violation, he continued, occurred Monday night.
“It is absolutely necessary to purchase the airplanes because the country’s airspace is being broken into almost every day – and I probably should not be telling you this – by unidentified or unauthorised airplanes. So we constantly have to call together fighter airplanes and send them over in order to force those planes to leave,” Dusa stated, as cited by Mediafax. “The most recent occurrence was last night (editor’s note – Monday night); there are details that cannot be made public. There are many instances in which we act based on existing international and European procedures, but I cannot specify whether or not we have had to implement emergency procedure,” Minister Mircea Dusa stated. In a later telephone conversation with B1 TV, Minister Dusa changed his statement, saying that the respective unidentified airships do not actually break in, but only come near the Romanian airspace, and claimed that journalists twisted his words. On another topic, the Minister of Defence also stated that the Army will not be restructured from a numerical point of view, but from an “operational” one. He added that starting 2014, a new law will be passed concerning the status of military officials. With regard to calling back the troops in Afghanistan, Dusa said that a gradual retreat is scheduled for 2014.