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CSAT to meet on December 11; Army endowment plan for 2019-2028 on agenda. Defence Minister: Report on Azov Sea incident may be needed during next CSAT meeting

The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) will meet on December 11 at the Cotroceni Palace under the leadership of President Klaus Iohannis, among the topics to be included on the agenda being the Romanian Army’s endowment plan for 2019-2028, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration.

The CSAT is also to discuss its own activity programme for the next year, the plan of use of the Romanian Armed Forces that are sent in missions and operations outside the Romanian territory, in 2019, as well as the National Plan of Information Priorities for 2019.

“At the CSAT meeting, also analyze will be topical issues in the national security field,” reads the release.


Defence Minister: Report on Azov Sea incident may be needed during next CSAT meeting


On Tuesday, Defence Minister Gabriel Beniamin Les stated that it is “very likely” that during the next Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) meeting he will present a report on the incident that took place between Russia and Ukraine in the Azov Sea.

“I have presented the situation in Ukraine. This was the topic for which I was invited here. I was accompanied by the general that handles the analysis of such topics. I don’t want to escalate such a topic that is nevertheless sensitive. I firmly believe that diplomacy and political dialogue haven’t had their final say and this is the most important thing. On the other hand, Romania and the MoD are monitoring this situation very closely. (…) I know that there is a CSAT [Supreme Defence Council] meeting on the 11th [of December], but I don’t know whether this topic is on the agenda. It’s a regular CSAT [meeting]. It’s very likely that a report on this topic may be needed during this CSAT [meeting],” Gabriel Les stated after the meeting of the Senate Defence Committee.

The minister stated that the situation in the Black Sea is a priority for Romania.

“The Black Sea’s strategic profile has been a priority within the Defence Ministry and in Romania for a long time, not starting now. We believe that Romania has so far done its duty very well within the structure of NATO, bringing the Black Sea to the level needed, considering we are talking about the eastern flank of the Atlantic Alliances. We know everything that happens there, and we analyse it jointly with NATO structures,” Les added.

He pointed out that the members of the Defence Committee “can consider themselves informed” about the incident between Russia and Ukraine.

“They asked all sorts of questions. I believe at this moment they can consider themselves informed, in the sincerest way possible. It was a fairly clear presentation,” the minister added.

Asked whether he is keeping Premier Viorica Dancila informed as regards this situation, Defence Minister Gabriel Les said: “Of course, every day. We are monitoring this situation every day. The communication on this topic is being done as part of an inter-institutional rapport.”

The Senate Defence Committee heard Defence Minister Gabriel Beniamin Les on Tuesday about the incident between Ukraine and Russia in the Azov Sea.

“Defence Minister Gabriel Les is invited today (Tuesday – editor’s note) before the Defence Committee to offer some aspects regarding the conflict in the Azov Sea, between Russia and Ukraine,” Liviu Brailoiu, Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, stated at the start of the meeting.

Referring to the Azov Sea incident, President Klaus Iohannis stated on November 26 that Romania is prepared for any scenario and any measure, pointing out that he has asked the parties involved to treat the conflict with calm.


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