DEFENCE

President Iohannis at the North-Atlantic Council reunion: Romania appreciates the support and contribution of the Allies of the region to the multinational brigade

President Klaus Iohannis has claimed at the North Atlantic Council meeting that he expects substantial proposals from NATO at the reunion of Defence ministers in October regarding the consolidation of its presence in the Black Sea.

“The Black Sea is an important component of Euro-Atlantic security. There must be no doubts regarding this. Unfortunately, here, in the Black Sea region, we have observed, in the past two years, dramatic changes in what regards the security environment, starting with the illegal annexation of Crimea and continuing with the destabilization of the Donbass region. In order to improve defence, I have presented proposals for the consolidation of maritime and air presence in the Black Sea region. On the basis of the decisions taken, I expect substantial proposals from the NATO military authorities at the Defence ministers reunion in October for the development of an improved framework for naval and air presence,” said Iohannis, on Friday, at the NAC reunion, according to a document released to Agerpres.

He mentioned that, in the context of the developments of the security environment, adaptation is necessary.

“As a first-line ally, Romania continues to be witness to the increasing security challenges in the region. We have seen the worrying developments of Russian military equipment in the vicinity of illegally annexed Crimea and we were the target of Russia’s aggressive statements, including some coming from the high level. In this context, there is need to construct a stronger, better adapted defence and to adopt a discouragement posture that would include a credible and persistent NATO presence in the eastern flank. I am convinced that, through complete implementation, these decisions will ensure a coherent defence system from the Baltic to the Black Sea, protecting our countries, our peoples and avoiding hostile actions due to misunderstood matters,” Iohannis showed.

Romania appreciates the support and contribution of the Allies of the region to the multinational brigade and the cooperation for instruction and exercise initiative, the head of state emphasized, showing that these will ensure a ground presence in our region and a framework to improve interoperability through training programs and far better structured exercises.

“I also hail the decision to declare the initial operational capacity of the anti-missile shield. The inauguration of the anti-missile shield in Deveselu in May shows the US and Romanian commitment to develop NATO capabilities, as part of our collective defence,” the head of state said.

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