NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, praised Romania, in a joint press conference on Friday with President Klaus Iohannis, saying that the country is an “example” of assuming NATO commitments. In turn, Iohannis gave assurances of “Romania’s full support for the Alliance” and invited the North-Atlantic Alliance high official to visit Bucharest. In his speech, Iohannis has hinted to Russia, saying that “we assist with concern to violations of territorial states, which generates insecurity”. He also stressed that the missile shield in Deveselu is a strictly defensive capability, despite Russia’s anger, which claims that the shield is directed against it and threatens its national security.
“I stress once again the defensive nature of this base and the fact that it is an important contribution of Romania in its Partnership with the US to strengthening the NATO capabilities,” Romania’s head of state added, showing that the Deveselu basewill be operational as of this year.
Klaus Iohannis pointed out that he has confirmed during his talks with the NATO head, the significant contribution of Romania in the NATO mission in Afghanistan in the spirit of the solidarity within the Alliance
NATO Secretary General: With its strong commitment to reach 2 pct of the GDP for defence expenditure until 2017, Romania is an example for others
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said that Romania’s decision to raise the defence expenditure to 2 pct of the Gross Domestic Product by 2017 is an example for the other member states of the Alliance.
“We have discussed the decision made by Romania, the agreement among all the Romanian important political parties to accomplish the tasks linked to the defence, to halt the cuts in the defence expenditure and start the gradual increment of the expenditures. Romania is an example for others. You agreed and made a strong commitment to reach 2 pct of the GDP for defence expenditure until 2017. This is an example for other states and we are going to use Romania as example for other countries, saying that if Romania did this thing it had committed to, it is important for Romania, for the entire Alliance and an example for many other allies”, Stoltenberg said in Brussels, in a joint conference with President Klaus Iohannis.
According to Agerpres correspondent in Brussels, Jens Stoltenberg hailed Romania’s “strong commitment” within NATO, and also its “solid contribution” to many of the Alliance’s activities and missions.
“We have approached the topic regarding the Defence expenditure, considering the evolutions regarding the security at international level, in particular the region’s Eastern neighbourhood, in Ukraine, but also the commitments taken within NATO have determined the need to grow these expenditure by Romania,” Klaus Iohannis explained, after his meeting with Jens Stoltenberg.
He said he has informed the NATO Secretary General that Romania has projected to attain 2 pct of the GDP for Defence expenditure in 2017 and keep this level for at least a decade.
Likewise, the head of state added that he has talked with Jens Stoltenberg about the need of an uninterrupted support from the NATO of the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.
“I highlighted that Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova should the Alliance’s special attention to respond to the new security challenges in the region,” Iohannis said.
Iohannis assures NATO Secretary General about Romania’s whole support to the Alliance efforts
‘I have assured Mr. Secretary General about the whole support to the Alliance’s efforts, and I have renewed the invitation for him to visit Romania. We will agree upon an appropriate moment for it,’ Iohannis also said after meeting Stoltenberg.
The President thanked the NATO official for the receiving and appreciated the quality and substantiality of their dialogue. ‘My visit confirms Romania’s strong commitment to its North-Atlantic partners (…) Romania’s status of NATO and EU member and its partnership with the United States are, after all, the fundament of our foreign and security policy,’ Iohannis declared.
He asserted that 2014 brought Europe and the world some completely unexpected security challenges.
‘We are witnessing with concern the illegal military interventions and the breaching of the territorial integrity of some states. These are infringements of international laws and definitely generate insecurity in the region,’ the President underlined.
He asserted his agreement with Stoltenberg on the need for reconfirming NATO’s solidarity, Agerpres correspondent in Brussels also reports.
‘We agreed it was time to reconfirm through firm actions the Alliance’s solidarity, to clearly show that the spirit of Article 5, which binds NATO members to the commitment of mutual protection, is as strong at present as it was back when our Alliance was founded. Therefore, the process of implementation of the decisions of the latest NATO summit on reassuring the security of the allied countries in the region is very important for Romania,’ he pointed out.
Stoltenberg comends Romania’s contribution to the allied missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Romania on Friday for its contribution to the allied missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo and for being a strong ally.
He appreciated Romania’s presence in Afghanistan as very important, as it is in other NATO missions. He also mentioned his meetings with Romanian troops in Afghanistan, and declared he was impressed by their professionalism and determination.
We are grateful for your contribution to the Afghanistan mission; what you did in Afghanistan and what you are doing is fight against terrorism. The reason for NATO’s and Romania’s presence to Afghanistan was to prevent this country from becoming a haven for terrorism. This was our goal, and we prevented it, Stoltenberg said in a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Brussels.
The NATO official also commended Romania’s contributions to the missions to Kosovo in support of stability and security, for its contribution to the development of the ISAF defence system and to the missile defence system.
Moreover, the Secretary General pointed out, the Alliance – including Romania – is determined to keep the stability of its vicinity. We have discussed how we can do it, support both Moldova and Ukraine to contribute to stability in the region, he declared.
Stoltenberg mentioned he and Iohannis also discussed the implementation of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, which increases the Alliance’s presence on its eastern flank.
He also appreciated that President Iohannis’s visit to NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels shortly after taking office represents Romania’s strong commitment to the Alliance and to collective defence.
The President of Romania met NATO Secretary General during the second half of his two-day visit to Brussels, his first official visit abroad since taking over his presidential mandate. On Thursday, he had met European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker.