Premier Tudose on Wednesday had a working meeting with the National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Economy Minister, Mihai Fifor and the Army Chief of Staff, general Nicolae Ciuca on the aspects regarding the Romanian Army’s endowment after U.S. State Department clears potential sale of Patriot systems for Romania.
The U.S. State Department has cleared the potential sale of Patriot air defence systems for Romania, including technical support, at an estimated cost of USD 3.9 billion. The U.S. Congress has been notified about this potential transaction on July 10.
The Defence Security Cooperation Agency has announced that the Romanian Government requested the sale of seven Patriot air defence systems, including communication equipment, support equipment, generators, technical documentation, training equipment, spare parts, personnel training, technical and logistical support, the transaction having a total value of USD 3.9 billion.
Raytheon Corporation based in Andover, Massachusetts, and Lockheed-Martin based in Dallas, Texas, will be the main contractors.
The implementation of this agreement will require around 30 U.S. Government representatives and 40 representatives from the contractors travelling to Romania in order to install the equipment, verify the systems, offer training and technical and logistical support.
” We respect our commitment to spend 2 pc of GDP for defence”
“We have in the 2017 budget the 2 percent of GDP for defence, which we committed to spend in order to equip the Romanian Armed Forces. We respect this commitment, both in relation to our NATO partners and to the expectations and needs of our soldiers,” Tudose emphasised after his working meeting with Defence Minister Andrei Tutuianu, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor and General Nicolae Ciuca, the Chief of the General Staff. The meeting focused on aspects concerning the equipping of the Romanian Armed Forces, according to a Government communique.
According to the aforementioned source, the two ministers “analysed the Armed Forces’ equipping requirements, in relation to the Romanian defence industry’s current and future capacity.”
The Chief of the General Staff also took part in the meeting, “for better coordination of the equipping requirements and priorities,” according to the aforementioned source.
“It would be hilarious to include 2 percent in the budget and not spend it”
Tudose stated on Tuesday in Brussels, when referring to the allocation of 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to Defence, that “there are money and opportunities to spend.”
“It would be hilarious to include 2 percent in the budget and not spend it. It’s the last straw (…) 2 percent was not a commitment just to simply earmark, 2 percent is a commitment with the strategic partners to spend 2 percent. This is why we have to include it, in order to spend it. Obviously, we will have to spend it. It’s not that we must, but we need this thing,” Tudose stated at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU.
The head of the Executive mentioned that he expects the National Defence Minister to find “an integrated solution about military solutions.”
“There is no problem in terms of resources. Thank God, there are money and opportunities to spend! I expect from the National Defence Minister, the General Staff to find an integrated solution about military solutions,” Tudose also stated.
US Ambassador congratulates Romanian authorities for intention of buying 7 Patriot missile systems
US Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm congratulated the Romanian authorities in the context of the announcement made by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency referring to the possible purchase of seven PATRIOT high-range surface-to-air missile (HSAM) systems.
The appreciation was made during the meeting at the National Defence Ministry (MApN) headquarters of National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu and Ambassador Hans Klemm, the first meeting with the Embassy team since the ministerial mandate takeover.
“The discussion agenda included the continuation and strengthening of some common interest topics, such as the evolution of the bilateral relations between the two armies, the Romania-US Strategic Partnership and the need to consolidate cooperation in the region,” a MApN release on Wednesday informs.
The Romanian minister reiterated the solid partnership in the military area, underscoring the high number of joint exercises which the two allies are conducting this year in the region and the stage of implementing the measures adopted following the Warsaw Summit.
Furthermore, Tutuianu voiced appreciation for the US’ firm commitment to ensure stability and security in the Black Sea area, by strengthening the defence and deterrence measures established in Warsaw.
“On this occasion, Ambassador Klemm congratulated the Romanian authorities in the context of the announcement made by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency referring to the possible purchase of seven PATRIOT high-range surface-to-air missile (HSAM) systems, 3 plus configuration. Minister Adrian Tutuianu voiced conviction that achieving this programme will strengthen Romania’s defence capacity, will consolidate the Alliance’s eastern flank and will develop and consolidate the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US,” the release reads.
The National Defence Ministry points out it will periodically inform the public on conducting the HSAM endowment programme.
Other topics on the meeting agenda were the stage of implementing the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and the need to intensify the efforts of the international community in counteracting ISIL/DAESH, Romania remaining firmly committed in this direction.