Romania’s Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said on Tuesday that there is an “almost permanent presence” of NATO ships in the Black Sea, and Romania, which is an important security provider, wants to show that this is an open sea.
“The British Air Force aircraft support the Romanian Air Force for air policing and we have been doing this in partnership for a long time. We had not only the British Air Force aircraft in our support, as they rotated at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base and in other NATO countries. (…) There is an almost permanent presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea, and ultimately we want to show that the Black Sea is an open sea, a sea where there are security providers, with Romania being one of them,” said Fifor, asked if any Russian plane has been intercepted in the area since the arrival of British airplanes.
He reiterated that “Romania is the most important provider of stability and security in this region,” both in the Black Sea and in the Western Balkans, and Romania’s policy strengthens this posture.
“We are preparing for the summit, a summit in which we have every reason to believe that the complex situation in the Black Sea will be discussed in a separate format; we have been working for a few months for this objective, as we have worked hard for Romania to be able to become a host for a three-star command, and we also believe we can achieve this goal. Ultimately, our role is to prove ourselves to be a credible ally, a strong ally and, besides Poland, a pillar of stability on the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Alliance,” said Fifor, who attended a ceremony of raising the National Flag of Romania in Tricolorului Square in Bucharest.
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