DEFENCE

DefMin Motoc, British counterpart discuss strengthening military cooperation

National Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc,  on an official visit to London, met on Thursday with British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon; the two officials agreed on new directions of action for strengthening the practical military cooperation between the two armies, in areas such as force training and joint exercises, informs a National Defence Ministry (MApN) release.

According to MApN, the dialogue focused on concrete modalities to intensify the bilateral relations in the defence area and the allied cooperation in the perspective of preparing the agenda of the upcoming NATO Summit.

“During the discussions, appreciation was expressed for the excellent collaboration stage and the essential role of the strategic partnership between the UK and Romania, in the current security context. (…) Special attention was granted to the participation of the Romanian Army in the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), with the UK acting as framework nation in 2017,” the MApN points out.

Motoc and Fallon had an opinion exchange on developments in the complex security environment and the possibilities of mutual support and agreed on “the need to create a consensus in the allied framework, in the perspective of preparing the decisions that will be adopted at the Warsaw Summit.”

Both officials highlighted the need to strengthen the defence and deterrance capability of the Alliance against all threats and risks to European security.

“On this occasion, Minister Motoc underscored the strategic importance of the Black Sea, as an integral part of the Euro-Atlantic security and emphasized the need to consolidate the advanced presence of NATO forces on the entire eastern flank of the Alliance. In this respect, he presented the concrete initiatives launched by Romania in this direction and asked for the British side’s support in an allied and bilateral context,” the release also reads.

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