The Minister of National Defence, Vasile Dincu, had a phone discussion with the American Secretary of Defence, Lloyd J. Austin III, the two highlighting the need of a continuous and constant dialogue given the complexity of the current security situation in Europe, which requires solid actions in regards to countering the actions of the Russian Federation, as well as the support granted to Ukraine, the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) informs.
According to a press release sent to AGERPRES on Friday, the two ministers highlighted, in the context of the deteriorating situation in the region, as a result of the Russian Federation’s invasion into Ukraine, the courage of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian army’s fight for independence and the territorial integrity of their country.
Vasile Dincu congratulated the US’s contribution to the efforts of implementing defence and deterrence measures on the Eastern Flank, with emphasis on the Black Sea region. He mentioned of the special role of American soldiers within the Task Force (TF) Cougar, deployed at the southeastern Mihail Kogalniceanu military base. Furthermore, the two high officials also addressed the process of establishing a NATO battle group in Romania, where France would be the leader nation.
Dincu presented Romania’s actions dedicated to supporting Ukraine, where the recent operationalization of the humanitarian hub in Suceava was reminded.
The Romanian authorities’ decision of supplementing the budget allocated to Defence, from 2% to 2.5% of the GDP was also highlighted, MApN mentions in a release to Agerpres.