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Defence Minister Motoc meets NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow: Romania confident its initiatives will be found in Warsaw NATO Summit’s outcome

Romania is confident that its initiatives on a consolidated, rotational and quasi-permanent allied presence, aiming at all operational domains – land, naval and air – on the Eastern flank and in the Black Sea region will be included in the documents and outcome of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc asserted on Monday, after his meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow.

“Our talks were under the sign of the Warsaw Summit, which is only two months away, and from which we expect important decisions and results. Accent was put on identifying those concrete ways of ensuring an advanced allied presence on the national territory and in the Black Sea region, in a unitary approach of security of the Eastern flank, as it has been agreed upon at the defence ministers’ meeting in February, when the idea of a robust defence and discouragement posture of the NATO at its Eastern flank was practically cemented. I had the opportunity to present Mister Ambassador Vershbow the initiatives forwarded by Romania from the beginning of the process, ideas meant to lead to a consolidated, rotational and quasi-permanent allied presence, aiming at all operational domains, namely land, naval and air. We are confident that our proposals will find an adequate reflection in the Warsaw Summit’s documents and outcome, and that our major interest to ensuring a stability climate at the Black Sea will place itself at the top of the political, strategic agenda of the North-Atlantic Alliance,” said Mihnea Motoc in a joint press conference with the NATO Deputy Secretary-General.

The Defence minister told the NATO official that “Romania is on schedule with its obligations pertaining to the operationalization of NATO commands on our territory” as well as “as regards the participation with staff and in the exercises within the NATO rapid response force.”

According to Motoc, other topics were reviewed to be tackled at the NATO Warsaw Summit, mentioning in this respect “the commitment for defence, Afghanistan, the cyber-defence, the prevention and counter the hybrid threats.” Another topic referred to the future of the allied policies on partnerships, with a special accent on the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.


Vershbow: NATO must boost its deterrence and defence posture


The North Atlantic Alliance must boost its deterrence and defence posture against all threats both on the eastern and the southern flank, visiting NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said at the end of a meeting with Romanian Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc.

This discussion was a special opportunity for us to identify as a priority those elements to top the NATO Summit agenda and I am convinced that these issues will also be addressed during the meeting I will be chairing today. There are many important elements for the agenda of the Warsaw Summit. Our boosting the defence and deterrence posture against all threats we face is highly important. We agreed that we need a 360 degree approach, because we have many challenges and threats to face both on the eastern flank, where Russia attempts to change some of the existing borders, and on the southern flank, where we are faced with extremism and terrorism issues, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said in a joint press statement with the Romanian Defence Minister.

According to the NATO Deputy Secretary General, the discussion also envisaged the elements that need to be included in this deterrence concept which must be balanced for the Black Sea region and identical with the one for the Baltic Sea, because the challenges may be slightly different in nature, but are equally important.

Thanks to the elements you, the ministers of Defence have kindly presented us at the meeting in February, I think we, at the NATO Headquarters, have been able to define a very important framework regarding these deterrence measures that need to be balanced, Alexander Vershbow said.

The NATO Deputy Secretary General thanked Romania for its contribution to the activity of the Alliance. Let me conclude by congratulating your country for all your efforts towards the activity of the Alliance, your participation in Afghanistan, the assistance with the Republic of Moldova’s reform process and the commitment of 2 percent of the GDP to defence starting next year. These are just a few of the elements Romania does for the Alliance, said the NATO official.

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow is in Romania April 24 through 26 to attend the meeting of the political directors NATO members’ defence ministries.


President Iohannis discusses Allied topics with NATO Deputy SecGen Vershbow


President Klaus Iohannis received on Monday NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow at the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration.

They have discussed the preparations for the forthcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw and the evolutions on the eastern and southern neighbourhoods of the Alliance, the Presidential Administration informed in a release.

In this context, the President highlighted the security and defence topics of particular interest for Romania and the country’s position on the main topics to be debated at the high-level meeting in July.

Ambassador Vershbow appreciated Romania’s active role within NATO, especially in military terms, and emphasized the significant participation of Romania’s armed forces in the efforts to prevent and combat the security risks and challenges faced by NATO.

The two officials exchanged opinions on the relevant evolutions on NATO’s eastern and southern flanks. “The talks revealed the concerns shared by Romania and NATO on the terrorist threats, and their support to political and diplomatic solutions of the current files of global interest. The firm support to allied solidarity and to finding sustainable solutions to allied interest problems was also highlighted,” the release mentions.

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