Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe analysed on Tuesday the regional security following the crisis in Ukraine; the two attended an international military exercise at the Smardan firing range of Galati County.
The Romanian minister also mentioned among the topics of the dialogue with NATO’s Deputy SACEUR the security in the Black Sea and the joint measures for securing the Alliance’s and EU’s eastern flank; he said he and the general found that the steps approved at the NATO ministers’ meeting in February and at the Allied Summit in Wales were followed as planned.
According to Agerpres, Dusa added that he and General Bradshaw discussed the way the Romanian troops were carrying out their missions in the operations theatres abroad, especially in Afghanistan; the Romanian Ministry of Defence has 650 soldiers in Kandahar, alongside 50 officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Also on table were the two NATO command centres to be established in Romania and the deadlines for making them operational; the planning of staff to serve in these commands; the measures taken by the Romanian Government to increase the Army’s operational capability; the short and medium-term objectives for the army equipment and modernization; and the spending of NATO funds for Romania’s military infrastructure.
Within this context, Dusa mentioned the military airfield in Fetesti; the Mihail Kogalniceanu and Campia Turzii bases; the firing range in Cincu; and Base 90 of Otopeni, where works worth nine million euros should begin this week to extend the parking facilities for heavy aircrafts and to overhaul the command and control equipment.
General Sir Adrian Adrian Bradshaw thanked the minister and the Romanian authorities for the organization of the Wind Spring 15 exercise in Smardan and for their commitments to the securing of NATO’s eastern flank and to increase the defence budget to two percent of the GDP.
As many as 2000 British, Moldavian, Romanian and American troops participated in the Wind Spring 15 exercise, which according to the Deputy SACEUR sent a message to the non-NATO countries about the way the Alliance countries always work together under the principles of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw: NATO Eastern flank’s reassuring measures shouldn’t look threatening to anybody
General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said on Tuesday at the Smardan firing range in Galati County, that the NATO Eastern flank’s reassuring measures should not look threatening to anybody, since they are purely defensive.
‘The reassuring measures are carried at a quite small scale and transmit a signal regarding the fact that we wish to defend ourselves, they prove the Alliance’s unity, yet in a defensive way, so that I don’t believe they should look threatening for anybody. And, as regards the anti-missile system, this is a defensive system, as I said it several times before, to protect us against the missiles’ proliferation. It is an entirely defensive system,’ general Bradshaw said.