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Foreign Minister Aurescu briefs NATO Secretary General on recent visit to Montenegro

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Friday had a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, briefing him on the outcomes of the joint visit the Foreign Ministers of Romania, Poland, Croatia and Hungary paid to Montenegro over July 22-23 at the initiative of the Romanian chief diplomat.

According to a Foreign Ministry release to AGERPRES, Bogdan Aurescu underscored that this visit represents the expression of Romania’s firm commitment to NATO’s open door policy. The Romanian minister also highlighted Montenegro’s efforts to implement the reforms required for receiving the invitation to join the Alliance, and the steps taken by the authorities in Podgorica to explain the Montenegrin public the advantages and benefits of NATO membership. Aurescu said that the allied Foreign Ministers who participated in the visit hailed Montenegro’s commitment to joining the Euro-Atlantic family of nations, and sent a message on the sustained continuation of accession-required reform.

The NATO Secretary General voiced appreciation for the Romanian initiative, assessing it as an important contribution enlisted under the intensified dialogue with Montenegro decided upon at the September 2014 NATO Summit held in Wales, the cited source said.

The recent announcement by the Russian Federation on plans to deploy strategic bombers to the Black Sea region and other measures intended to develop sophisticated military technologies in response to NATO’s ballistic missile system were also tackled during the talks. “The Romanian Foreign Minister remarked that such measures are completely unjustified, having in view that the Deveselu base that will be integrated with the NATO ballistic missile system does not target Russia whatsoever, and is a defensive capability intended exclusively for threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic space. Therefore, Bogdan Aurescu termed as adequate the public reactions of the Alliance to the aforementioned recent announcements,” the Foreign Ministry release states.

In his turn, the NATO Secretary General reasserted the determination of the Alliance to continue developing the NATO missile defence system and explain its goals, the release also mentions.

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