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Acting PM Oprea: Arrival of troops and weaponry in Romania means safety and security

Acting Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Wednesday stated that deployment of heavy weaponry and US troops in Romania means total security for the Romanian state.

‘The arrival of troops and weaponry in Romania means safety and security, means military training and experience, and it means total security for Romania and the EU. I can tell you that we are now within the normal parameters in terms of our readiness and I also want to tell you that Romanians are safe,’ Gabriel Oprea pointed out for Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Wednesday evening.

In regard to the rumors about a possible enrollment campaign conducted among Romanians, Oprea explained it was just an ordinary plan of the General Staff to train reservists and that the population has nothing to worry about.

‘Romania is a safe state (…) Romania is an important state for its geostrategic positioning, the same as Poland or Turkey. We have a strategic partnership with the USA, the Romanian soldiers are very well trained and they are professionals. There is nothing out of the ordinary happening right now, there is no enrollment campaign, we are talking about the usual plan of the General Staff, which every year trains reservists. Given the current context, one must train (…) There is money available in the state budget and I have already discussed with PM Victor Ponta to invest part of it in the national security. We even discussed to buy another fleet of F16 aircraft, security is expensive. Everything is ok, our allies are right here at our border and they are solidary with us, but we still have to prepare, for a state must show its potential, in order to discourage other interests,’ he underscored.

The US are prepared to deploy heavy military equipment, including tanks and up to 5,000 troops in Romania, the Baltic states and the Eastern Europe, in order to counter possible aggression from Russia, ‘the New York Times’ wrote almost two weeks ago, according to the AFP.


I support President in nominating Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu as SIE head


National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) chairman and interim Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Wednesday evening said that he supports President Klaus Iohannis’ proposal on the nomination of Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu to the office of head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).

At the same time, Oprea said that he supports the head of state in matters related to Romania’s national security.

“I know Mr Ungureanu, I have worked with him before. (…) Strategically, in appointing the SIE head, I support the President in regards to the nomination of Mihai-Razvan Ungureau,” Gabriel Oprea told Antena 3 private television broadcaster.

President Klaus Iohannis nominated Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu to become the new head of Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the Presidential Administration informed on Wednesday.

The Presidential Administration points out that, according to the constitutional provisions, the head of state informed the chairs of the two Chambers of Parliament of this nomination and the Legislature is going to adopt a decision in this respect.

Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu had been head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service before, between 2007-2012, during the time in office of former President Traian Basescu. He resigned on February 8, 2012.


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