U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be present in Romania on Wednesday, on which occasion he will talk about Romania’s role within NATO and the Black Sea region, acting Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Monday.
Gral Ciuca recalled the roadmap for the next ten years signed by the Governments of Romania and the United States in 2020, adding that “All these topics that we will have on the agenda of the meeting will illustrate the role that our country plays inside the Alliance and in the region, and will also identify the real and verifiable elements”.
He stressed that the visit is also a confirmation of the need “to continue the solid involvement regarding the NATO concept in the line of defense reinforcement and deterrence on the Eastern Flank”.
Acting Defence Minister (photo R) on Monday participated at the launch of the Romanian Security Barometer, the October 2021 edition, conducted by the Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations “Ion I.C. Bratianu” (ISPRI).
“We are in a region that, in my view, is like a centre of gravity when it comes to strategic decisions and actions of late and it has the potential to remain so in the future. For this reason, our efforts in everything we have done and are doing are, on the one hand, to succeed in drawing the attention of all important actors, starting with the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union, and also of the important players we have strategic partnerships with, in order for them to understand that we do everything we do not only for what the national responsibility part means, but we do it for everything that means strengthening security in the Black Sea region, so that it does not continue to remain a soft belly in the field of security,” Ciuca said, according to Agerpres.
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