The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US four-star General Philip Breedlove announced a decision in the near future on pre-positioning NATO heavy weapons in Romania. On an official visit to Bucharest on Tuesday, General, Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command, as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations voiced his confidence in Romania’s prompt response and agreement with this decision and confirmed the Alliance’s intention in a joint press conference with the Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa (photo R). The Romanian official mentioned that technical talks to this effect were already in progress, while Gen. Breedlove told that he appreciates Romania’s “extraordinary” contribution to the NATO’s defence and Europe’s security.
(…) From the air police missions to those of crisis response, to hosting some of the six units for the NATO forces’ integration, Romania has proven its commitment for our collective defence, said Breedlove.
He also emphasized the importance of the Deveselu shield for the Alliance’s collective defence.
Moreover, general Breedlove expressed his disappointment towards the announcement made by Russia regarding Moscow’s self-suspension from the consulting group on the Treaty upon the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
Like others, we were disappointment by this announcement, yet now it is important to go further as nations in order to find a way to communicate free and a way to understand and be transparent in connection to the structure of forces in Europe. Of course, this will be challenging for us, we should be able to find new means to stay transparent and cooperate as regards the already started programmes, added Breedlove.
PM Ponta receives General Breedlove, thanks for the NATO commitment in the strengthening of Romania’s defence capacity
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has received on Tuesday at the Victoria Palace the General Philip M. Breedlove, on which occasion the head of the Romanian Government “thanked for the NATO commitment in the strengthening of Romania’s defence capacity” and “reconfirmed our country’s commitment to accomplishing the obligations assumed as a NATO member state.”
According to a release by the Government, sent Agerpres on Tuesday in the talk referring to the security regional context, the NATO measures for reassuring its Eastern allies, Romania included, as well as the initiatives in the same respect on the bilateral plan with the United States, were mentioned.
“Prime Minister,Victor Ponta appreciated the support and attention given by the NATO to its Eastern flank, the Black Sea region included. He also expressed appreciations for the US substantial contribution to implementing the measures endorsed at the NATO Summit in Great Britain, with an accent on those aiming at strengthening the collective defence. He highlighted Romania’s strong support for the successful enforcement of the NATO Action Plan for the increase of the operational capacity, which ensures a NATO presence in its Eastern allies’ territory, Romania included,” the source informs.
The Government’s release specifies that Gral Breedlove’s visit takes place in the context of the Conference organised by the US European Command (EUCOM), in which the Central Europe General Staffs’ heads participate.
General Breedlove meets President Iohannis, reaffirms that NATO wishes a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine
President Klaus Iohannis has received on Tuesday at the Cotroceni presidential Palace the NATO forces commander in Europe, General Philip M. Breedlove, to whom he discussed among other things, on the “unstable” situation in Ukraine, a press release sent Agerpres by the Presidential Administration, informs.
“General Breedlove reaffirmed that NATO wishes a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine and that the Alliance’s goals are exclusively defensive,” the source adds.
Romania’s contribution within the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, the stage of the preparation of the NATO command centre and the multinational Command at division level in Romania, were other important topics on the agenda of the two officials.