Defence Minister, Supreme Allied Commander Europe discuss Eastern Flank security strengthening

Romania’s National Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc on Wednesday in Brussels met General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, to reiterate special interest in identifying some optimal solutions for strengthening the stability and security of the Eastern Flank, as well as the Black Sea region, according to a National Defence Ministry (MApN) statement to Agerpres.

Minister Motoc presented Romania’s objectives in the defence area, giving assurances about Romania’s determination and capacity to carry out the tasks undertaken as allied state and thus to contribute to the achievement of the Alliance’s goals and missions, MApN says.

Also featuring on the meeting’s agenda were NATO priorities in view of the incoming NATO summit of Warsaw, namely implementing the Action Plan for increasing the Alliance operational capacity, NATO’s long term adaptation, the development of the defence capabilities, the North-Atlantic Alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan and the provision of the necessary defence resources.

The two officials also discussed shared interest in the implementation of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and the European Activity Set (EAS).

“Minister Motoc highlighted the special priority the Romanian authorities grant to fully implementing the ERI, within the agreed terms, related to its main dimensions: the full operation of the NATO command-control structures on Romania’s soil, an increase in the own contribution to making operational NATO’s improved response force, an increase in the involvement in multinational exercises organised on national territory and in the Black Sea area. Highlighted in the conversation was the essential role of NATO’s long-term presence on the Eastern Flank, not only by extending the current assurance measures, but also by developing the deterrence dimension and increasing the presence of allied forces on the territory of the Eastern allies,” reads the statement.

The meeting of the two officials took place on the side-lines of a meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence.

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