DEFENCE

Romania will get development of contingency plan at NATO Summit in Warsaw

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw this Friday and Saturday, Romania will obtain the development of the contingency plan, confidential Allied sources told Agerpres on Tuesday.

“The contingency plan development means to know who comes to help in case of an attack, when, and where. We have obtained a balance of the strengthening of the Eastern Flank. It’s about a plan with precise deadlines, with people in charge, with allocated units,” the sources explained.

The Summit is also expected to decide an advanced presence on the North-Eastern flank, with four battalions deployed in the three Baltic states and in Poland. “The focus on the northern flank will be on land, while on the southern of the [eastern] flank will be land, maritime and air,” the same sources detailed.

Moreover, following the meeting, a land presence of NATO will be obtained, through the multinational brigade in Romania, consisting in 3,000 – 5,000 troops, including 1,000 coming by rotation from the Allied countries; the rest of them will be Romania’s contribution.

“There are assurances for Bulgaria with 400 troops, and Poland will commit one company,” the sources asserted.

The Summit will also declare the initial capability of the missile defence facility in Deveselu, and will consolidate the Black Sea’s profile on NATO’s agenda.

They sources also pointed out that there was confusion in Sofia during the recent visit of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis as regards NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea; the Romanian side proposed the setup of a cooperation framework for training and naval exercises, while the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov mentioned a fleet.

“The creation of a cooperation framework for naval training and exercises in the Black Sea involves exercised for increasing interoperability. It is a decision to be respected. The project will continue because a decision of the defence ministers of the NATO member states was made in May 2015. The U.S., France and the United Kingdom support this project. With Turkey, with or without Bulgaria, Romania will assume its role of framework nation, to which other non-riparian states will join; namely, states that have carried out exercises in the Black Sea – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Poland,” the sources explained.

The NATO Summit in Warsaw should produce a Final Declaration, which currently has 120 paragraphs referring to continuity and novelty.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: We will agree to further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance

“In Warsaw, I will report to Heads of State and Government that NATO has done what we said we would do.   We delivered a faster, a stronger, and a more ready Alliance. We now need to take the next steps. So at our Summit in Warsaw, we will agree to further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference on Monday.

“We will deploy four robust, multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. I welcome Canada’s recent announcement that it will lead one of these four battalions. Together with Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a great contribution to our common security. And a clear signal that our nations will defend one another, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our collective defence and deterrence includes much more. We will also agree to develop a tailored presence in the south-east, based on a multinational brigade in Romania.

In response, at our last Summit in Wales, we laid out plans for the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence since the Cold War,” said Stoltenberg .

“In Warsaw, I will report to Heads of State and Government that NATO has done what we said we would do.   We delivered a faster, a stronger, and a more ready Alliance. We now need to take the next steps. So at our Summit in Warsaw, we will agree to further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. We will deploy four robust, multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. I welcome Canada’s recent announcement that it will lead one of these four battalions. Together with Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a great contribution to our common security. And a clear signal that our nations will defend one another, on both sides of the Atlantic.  Our collective defence and deterrence includes much more. We will also agree to develop a tailored presence in the south-east, based on a multinational brigade in Romania,” NATO Secretary General added.

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