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DefMin Les, in Brussels, argues need to strengthen NATO posture in Black Sea

Minister of National Defense, Gabriel Les, on Thursday argued at the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on the need to strengthen the allied posture in the Black Sea.

“Today, the first discussion was on the stage of implementing the strengthened posture of deterrence and defense, as well as the fair sharing of responsibilities. (…) As ever, Romania evoked the need to strengthen the allied posture in the Black Sea. We thanked for the allies’ contribution to the adapted advanced presence, and we also said that we need to do more together so that the command structures in Romania, and here I refer to the Brigade and the future corps, to ensure consistency for the entire command and control architecture of NATO,” the Defense Minister told AGERPRES.

Regarding the Alliance’s nuclear deterrence posture, namely changes and implications for the organization regarding the developments in the Middle Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Minister Les reiterated the “importance of allied unity and indivisibility, which are, from the point of view of Romania, the essential things to formulate coherent responses to the challenges we face.”

In the talks on the impact of destructive technology development, Les stressed “national investments, the fact that we have [allocated for Defense] 2pct of GDP and we have acquisitions of modern, current hardware and the fact that we are perfectly aware of the extremely high technological advance that can also bring benefits and challenges to the security environment.”

On the sidelines of the meetings in Brussels, Gabriel Les had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from France and Georgia.

“We have approached the security situation on the Eastern Flank, a number of elements of bilateral cooperation, the need to have partners and affiliated troops in Romania at our brigades. We have been encouraged, in particular, by the French counterpart to think very seriously on this proposal,” the Defense Minister said.


Importance of allied unity and indivisibility reiterated at NATO defence ministers’ meeting


Minister of National Defence Gabriel Les reiterated the importance of allied unity and indivisibility “as fundamental prerequisites in building the coherent response to the current challenges,” at the meeting of the ministers of defence from NATO member states, held in Brussels.

On the first day of the meeting, the two working sessions “focused on the Alliance’s nuclear deterrence position, namely on the modifications and implications for the organisation in what concerns the developments regarding the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF),” reads a release on Thursday of the Ministry of National Defence.

Thus, Minister Les “reiterated the importance of allied unity and indivisibility, as fundamental prerequisites in building the coherent response to the current challenges.”

“The last series of consultations held at a working dinner that enjoyed the participation of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, as well as the representatives of Sweden and Finland, focused on the impact of the development of such disruptive technologies on collective security, as well as on aspects related to the NATO-EU cooperation in the defence field. In this context, the allied ministers presented national initiatives in the innovation field and debated on the challenges generated by them at the NATO policies level,” reads the same release.

The Romanian official underscored that the national investments as well as collaborative projects at allied level “must become an important space for cooperation between the European Union and NATO.”


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