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January 23, 2021

NATO defence ministers agree on stronger military presence on eastern flank

The defence ministers of the NATO member states, convened on Wednesday in Brussels, have endorsed in principle a decision to strengthen the advanced presence on the eastern flank and asked the allied military authorities to prepare and present concrete propositions in this respect.

“The first session of the allied defence ministers was dedicated to analysing the implementation stage of NATO Readiness Action Plan (RAP) and the consolidation of the Alliance’s defence and deterrence stance. The ministers took note of the progress in the implementation of the RAP and decided to continue this process at a sustained pace, so that the targets assumed in 2014 are accomplished by the Warsaw Summit ,” the National Defence Ministry (MApN) stated in a release to AGERPRES on Thursday.

Moreover, the military authorities are to forward suggestions of managing the challenges coming from the NATO’s southern proximity. Romanian Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc supported the decisions on the strengthening of the advanced allied presence in the eastern area and presented Romania’s views on the measures that could be enforced on the southern dimension of the NATO eastern flank.

Another decision adopted in Brussels concerns the declaration of the initial operational capability of the NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

On this occasion, Mihnea Motoc presented Romania’s contribution to the increase of NATO’s readiness and reminded the doubling of the national participation in the enhanced NATO Response Force, the progress in the activation and operationalization of the NATO Force Integration Unit and the Multinational Division Southeast (MND-SE) Command, the significant growth of the country’s participation in drills and training activities.

Motoc restated the Bucharest authorities’ commitment to increase the resources allocated to defence, aiming to attain the NATO objective of allotment of two percent of the the GDP, starting with 2017.

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