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October 1, 2020

Foreign, Defence ministers to work out plan of action to duly render NATO multinational brigade operational

Premier Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Lazar Comanescu (photo) and Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc to work out a plan of action for the future Romania-based NATO multinational brigade to become operational in April next year, and to clarify the establishment of the “maritime and air components of the enhanced NATO presence in the Black Sea region.”

“I kindly ask you, Mr. Ministers Comanescu and Motoc, to start right away, this August, working out a plan of action so that we can implement these commitments and that we have a precise calendar with clear deadlines set until April next year for this multinational brigade and, at the same time, to continue steps to clarify how this maritime and air component of the Black Sea presence should be established,” Ciolos said in the opening of the government sitting, while presenting the conclusions of the Tuesday meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT).

Ciolos said that this requires joint efforts at government level, not just co-work of the two ministries, a good coordination with the Presidency, and that the parliamentary parties will be kept informed about the process and the plan of action.

According to the Premier, the CSAT meeting discussed the measures that Romania needs to reach to implement the decisions of the NATO Warsaw Summit regarding the multinational brigade and steps regarding the maritime and air component of the NATO enhanced presence at the Black Sea.

“Following the conclusions of this summit, you know that we will host a multinational brigade; we must prepare to provide the accommodation infrastructure for the troops who will form this multinational brigade of the allied states, some of which have already committed to participate; our goal, as also discussed in the CSAT meeting, is to declare the capability of this brigade somewhere next spring, in April, I understand that the Defence Ministry has made this commitment. Secondly, we must start approaches regarding the maritime and air component of the NATO enhanced presence at the Black Sea, which is Romania’s second commitment, and towards which it will also contribute. This requires certain diplomatic steps in the upcoming period, contacts with the partners who have also pledged participation to this maritime and air component,” Ciolos said.

As President Klaus Iohannis announced, the Supreme Council for National Defence decided on Tuesday to set up an inter-institutional working group tasked with dealing with the Romania-based NATO multinational brigade.

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