DEFENCE

Romanian defence minister pleads enhanced bilateral cooperation to Italian counterpart

Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc stressed in a meeting on Tuesday with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti the need to consolidate the bilateral cooperation in defence, within the Consolidated Strategic Partnership of Romania and Italy.

According to a release of the National Defence Ministry, the consolidation should proceed by developing and making permanent the political and military dialogue, by boosting the joint training and exercises, and by mutual participation in the Allied command structures in both countries, in missions under NATO and EU command.

“In the context of approaching the latest evolutions in the regional and international security environment, especially in crises and risks in the Alliance’s east and south, the two ministers stressed the need of enhancing the processes of strategic adaptation of NATO and of the EU, and of the collaboration between these organisations to effectively respond to the new types of threats to the European security,” reads the release.

The two officials approached the cooperation in an Allied framework, insisting on the important topics on the agenda of the NATO Summit in Warsaw. Highlight was placed on the need and historical importance of consolidating the Allied deterrence and defence stance, as a central theme of the Summit, based on an omnidirectional approach, to counteract the threats to the Allied security, irrespective of their source.

The Romanian minister emphasized the ways considered to consolidate the adapted Allied presence on the southern part of the eastern flank and in the Black Sea region, as concrete elements of adaptation of NATO’s strategic stance on threats occurring in this area.

“The talks approached the ways of participation of Italy’s armed forces in the implementation of Romania’s specific initiatives. Minister Motoc also showed availability for a Romanian participation in the articulation of NATO’s major goal for the Warsaw Summit, namely the projection of stability in the Alliance’s neighbourhood,” the Defence Ministry mentioned.

The Romanian and Italian General Staff commanders, generals Nicolae Ciuca and Claudio Graziano, were also present during Minister Motoc’s visit to Italy on Tuesday.

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