The United Kingdom will send one of its newest destroyers to Romania’s southeastern port of Constanta in October, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Monday, after meeting his Romanian counterpart Mircea Dusa in Bucharest.
Fallon , who has paid a visit to Bucharest on Monday, said the UK shares Romania’s concern about the security in the Black Sea region and confirmed the presence of British troops in the two NATO command centers to be set up in Romania. He further called to the full compliance with the agreements that govern the security situation in the Black Sea and appreciated the importance of bilateral relations on defence ministries level between Romania and the United Kingdom.
The British minister also hailed Romania’s decision to increase the defence budget by 2 percent of the GDP over the next years. He insisted that the NATO missile defence system to be deployed in Romania was a defensive one, just as the Alliance’s purpose was defensive.
“We have the right to defend ourselves in this states alliance format. Neither the United Kingdom, nor Romania will be intimidated by any threat to the Alliance or to one of its states. We are against any future aggressions”, Fallon added.
Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and his British counterpart Michael Fallon discussed on Monday the joint measures necessary to ensure a permanent presence of NATO capabilities in the Black Sea.
In the joint media statement after his meeting with Fallon, Dusa declared: ‘We have addressed in our talks today several important issues; one of them concerns the security and the political and military situation in our region, resulting from the crisis in Ukraine and from the annexation of Crimea by Russia; also, the security situation in the Black Sea and the measures our countries have to take to ensure a permanent presence by turns of NATO capabilities in the Black Sea. We have also analysed the status of the cooperation of the two ministries within NATO; we have discussed the way reassurance missions are carried out on the eastern flank of NATO and of the European Union.’
According to Dusa, he and Fallon also discussed the two NATO command centres to be set up in Romania.
‘The minister assured me British troops will be present in both command centres, especially the division one, where there will be a reasonable number of troops. We have also discussed the importance of the defence budgets, the fact that Romania committed on a political level to this obligation of earmarking over the coming years 2 percent of its GDP to the defence, in order to ensure the modernization and equipment of its army. (…) I have thanked for the presence of British troops in Romania, in the exercises organized in 2014 and in the large-scale exercises scheduled in 2015. (…) The British troops will also be present in the exercises at the firing range of Smardan [southeastern Romania], Dusa mentioned after the meeting.
Other topics of the ministers’ dialogue, according to Dusa, concerned the joint planning of exercises in Romania and in other EU and NATO countries, the collaboration in the defence industry and the goals to follow in the preparation of the European Council in June, dedicated to the European security.
Romania, UK underline the strengthening of the strategic partnership in the context of the tense situation at the NATO, EU eastern border
President Klaus Iohannis has received on Monday at the Cotroceni presidential Palace the British secretary of state for Defence, Michael Fallon, a Presidential Administration’s release says.
The two officials underlined the strengthening of the strategic partnership between Romania and Great Britain in the context of the tense situation at the NATO, EU eastern border.
The Presidential Administration specifies that the Romanian-British military exercises within the NATO will become a regular practice.
“The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine were in the core of the discussions, and the British secretary of state for Defence has mentioned that his country wishes an expanding of the commercial relations with the Republic of Moldova. Romania’s president in his turn drew attention on the major economic difficulties Ukraine is confronted with, and the humanitarian catastrophe in this country,” the release also says.
Fallon expresses interest for the strengthening of the strategic dialogue with Romania
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has received on Monday at Victoria Palace the British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, on which occasion he hailed ‘the good military cooperation’ between Romania and Great Britain, ‘both on its security dimension and in the operations theatres.’
According to a release sent Agerpres, the Government says ‘the British official manifested his interest for the strengthening of the strategic dialogue with Romania, in particular in the current context of international security, as well as for the expanding of cooperation, through the British military participation in the drills hosted by our country, included.’
Likewise, Michael Fallon expressed his opening for the support of the reform process of the defence sector of Romania.
During talks were approached ‘the evolutions regarding the security in the East and South neighbourhood of the European Union, the Romanian prime minister indicating that Romania’s participation in the EU and NATO security’s development remains a priority direction of the defence policy of Romania.
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