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Defence Minister Dusa: Ukraine crisis must be worked out through dialogue

The situation in Ukraine “must be worked out through dialogue,” said on Friday, in Sibiu, the National Defence Minister, Mircea Dusa.

“As the state officials have declared, through the Presidency, through the specifications by the Prime Minister, by the Foreign Affairs Minister, that the international law must be observed and the crisis in Ukraine should be solved through dialogue, the measures too set up by the Minsk Summit must be enforced, so that situation returns to normal,” Minister Dusa said.

The National Defence Minister assured that investments will be operated on the medium-term in the Romanian Army’s modernization, in order to guarantee “an increase of its operational capacity.”

“At the Wales Summit and, recently, at the ministerial reunion of the NATO Defence Ministers, measures of reassuring on the EU, NATO Eastern flank, were approved. This summer, also due to a good budget action, we have raised the number of joint training drills with the NATO military and even here, in your area, we have had numerous exercises at Cincu, alongside the US, Canada and other NATO states’ servicemen, and I believe these exercises are welcome for both the Romanian troops’ training, and also for the joint training of the NATO military. At the same time, also courtesy of a well-done budget we have started a series of programmes of army endowment and upgrade. Of course, it’s not an easy process, (…) it’s hard to solve in an instance, yet on the medium-term we shall invest in modernizing all structures of the Romanian Army, starting with the air forces, continuing with the naval and land ones, so that we could guarantee the increment of the operational capacity of the Romanian Army,” Minister Dusa explained, according to Agerpres.

The National Defence Minister, Mircea Dusa and the Chief of the General Staff, Nicolae Ciuca have attended on Friday the ceremony of awarding the first military rank of officer to the graduates of the King Ferdinand – 150 class of the Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy of Sibiu.

Graduating this year are 243 students (196 men, 47 women), who have been trained to take positions in the Romanian Land Forces and the Ministry of Justice.

Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy is an elite institution of the military higher education, boasting more than 168-year tradition; its mission is to train command officers for all forces, services and military specialties belonging to the Land Forces as well as for other beneficiaries. Organization management, economic-financial management and public administration are the three academic specialties the Academy is accredited for.

The class has been named after Romania’s King Ferdinand the Unifier, who ruled during 1914-1927 and during whose rule Romania knew its greatest territorial extent, to celebrate his 150th anniversary.

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