At a NATO defence ministers meeting on Thursday in Brussels, Romania’s Defence Minister Mircea Dusa reiterated Romania’s support for Ukraine, underscoring that Romania’s position is “firm when it comes to Ukraine’s political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognised borders.”
The Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN) reported in a press statement sent to Agerpres on Thursday that at a NATO – Ukraine Commission meeting, the NATO defence ministers discussed Ukraine’s priorities related to the advancement of security and defence reforms as well as Ukraine’s recently passed national defence strategy.
“Defence Minister Mircea Dusa reiterated Romania’s support for Ukraine, mentioning that ‘our country’s position is firm when it comes to Ukraine’s political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognised borders.’ At the same time, he voiced determination to deploy efforts in order to implement the cyber defence draft for Ukraine developed as part of the NATO Assistance Fund coordinated by Romania and to continue support for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Ukraine and the reform of Ukraine’s military education system,” reads the MApN statement.
The release also says that Dusa on Wednesday participated in a working dinner as part of the NATO defence ministers meeting devoted to the strategic adaptation of the Alliance to the new security context ahead of the next summit meeting of NATO scheduled for 2016 in Warsaw.
“Aspects of the current challenges against security and their implications for the Alliance were discussed in the context of reiterated commitment to the implementation of the decision of the NATO summit meeting in Wales, as well as the action guidelines to sketch up the agenda of the future summit. In the presence of the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the prospects for the development of cooperation between NATO and the EU were discussed, in order to consolidate projects of shared interest and for a synchronisation of the efforts deployed by the two organisations,” the statement reads.
1,500 soldiers from 8 countries take part in military exercise in eastern Romania
Over 1,500 soldiers from 8 states have taken part in the Rousofex military exercise for special forces. A young Romanian captain who lost his leg in Afghanistan was among the participants. The garrisons of Babadag, Braila, Buzau and Constanta were mobilized for this exercise. The Romanian soldiers trained alongside their colleagues from Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Turkey and the United States of America, who brought military equipment too. The goal of the special forces exercise: annihilating an enemy that launches land and amphibious attacks. Military exercises simultaneously took place in six areas in eastern Romania.