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ForMin Aurescu: Canada to resume Air Policing missions in Romania in July. Romanian, Canadian Foreign Ministers sign joint statement: Alliances and consolidated partnerships are crucial against the current and future challenges

Canada will resume its air policing missions in Romania in July, Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Monday, adding that there are six CF-18 aircraft involved.

Aurescu and his Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly held a joint news conference.

“A Canadian air force was deployed until December to conduct air policing missions. (…) I am glad to welcome that, from July of this year, Canada will resume air policing mission in Romania’s skies with a number of F-18 planes, and I am glad to note this strong gesture of solidarity from Canada,” Aurescu said, according to Agerpres.

The Canadian minister said that at that time, the number of Canadian soldiers could reach 200.

She said that Canada is bringing six CF-18s to Romania, for air patrol this July, and they will be there, with military personnel that can reach 200 people this year in Romania.

Joly spoke about Canada’s involvement in supporting the eastern flank of NATO amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

She said Canada has increased its presence on NATO’s eastern flank, made a frigate available to NATO, and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that the entire eastern flank, and especially Romania, is well protected, as it could be seen what Putin’s war in Ukraine has done to Romania’s neighbouring country.

Aurescu also told the news conference that so far the Romanian Foreign Ministry has facilitated the safe evacuation of approximately 600 Canadian nationals.


Romanian and Canadian Foreign Ministers sign joint statement:  Alliances and consolidated partnerships are crucial against the current and future challenges


Romania and Canada are in agreement that alliances and consolidated partnerships are crucial against the current and future challenges and will coordinate their consolidation efforts in the transatlantic relation in all cooperation formats, according to a joint statement signed on Monday by the Romanian and Canadian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu and Melanie Joly.

“We met today in Bucharest, in the context of the continuous large scale military aggression of Russia against the territorial integrity, sovereignty and the independence of Ukraine. (…) On this occasion, we reiterate our decision of maintaining a tight contact and coordinating within the extended community of allies and partners that share these common values, united in the will of supporting international order based on rules, which is essential for maintaining the peace and global security and for protecting democracy and freedom,” the statement shows.

“We deplore the large number of Ukrainian citizens that have perished or were injured until now. Millions more are suffering from deprivation in Ukraine, as the critical infrastructure is destroyed. Over a million refugees have left Ukraine until now towards neighboring countries, including in Romania. We agreed that we must make a top priority in comforting the suffering caused to the people who are forced to leave their homes,” the officials point out.

“We agreed that we must support the resilience of the Republic of Moldova, including the energy dimension, as well as all other Eastern partners and countries in Western Balkans. We discussed about the importance of continuing to consolidate NATO’s defence and deterrence posture and the need for consolidating the Eastern Flank, especially in the Black Sea region, including by deploying allied troops and by creating a NATO Battle Group in Romania. Romania thanks Canada for all its contributions made until now for Romania’s security and the extended region of the Black Sea,” the joint statement also highlights.

Furthermore, the officials have also pointed out that they will continue to work together with their partners and allies, to consult and coordinate regarding possible additional sanctions against Russia and Belarus.


Photo: www.mae.ro

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