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Reserves Day: PM Ciuca, President Iohannis praise the dedication of those who serve the country with responsibility, professionalism and spirit of sacrifice

Ciuca: Public confidence in Army is due to those who keep honoring country’s flag in operation theaters

Romania’s prestige among its international partners and the confidence the Army enjoys in the Romanian society are due to those who have honored and keep revering the country’s flag in theaters of operations, international or domestic missions, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Tuesday in a message on the occasion of Reserves Day.

“I have the honor to greet today the reservists, those who have served the country with responsibility, professionalism and spirit of sacrifice. The confidence the Army enjoys today in the Romanian society and Romania’s prestige among its international partners are due to those who have honored and keep revering our flag in the theaters of operations, in international or homeland missions. A military career requires dedication, civic spirit and a strong desire to help your fellow people, whether or not you are active in the public service,” says Nicolae Ciuca.

The Prime Minister emphasizes that at this time, when the security environment needs new protection measures, Romania proves to be an important security provider in the Black Sea region and in the Euro-Atlantic community.

“Increasing the citizens’ and the country’s defense capacity involves promoting civic spirit, respect for national values and symbols, and educating the younger generation in this regard. The reservist associations have the moral legitimacy, knowledge and experience to be an active part in this endeavor,” PM Ciuca concludes.

 

Iohannis: Romania is and will remain a major security provider in the Black Sea region

 

Romania is and will remain a major security provider in the Black Sea region and the Euro-Atlantic space, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday in a message on Reserves Day.

“As every year, on May 31, on Reserves Day, we show our respect and appreciation for the women and men who served the country under the tricolor flag during their military career, but also for the volunteer reservists who train to participate, if necessary, in the defense of our country as part of the Romanian Army structures,” said the head of state as cited in a release of the Presidential Administration.

Iohannis emphasized that “the deterioration of the security environment following the war unleashed by the Russian Federation against Ukraine has made necessary the adoption of additional measures to increase our country’s defense capacity”, mentioning in this context the decision to set up a NATO battle group in Romania which, alongside another three new such military structures “is a move proving allied cohesion, solidarity and unity.”

“Therefore, strengthening Romania’s defense capacity is a strategic priority, as also evidenced by the decision to increase defense spending from 2 to 2.5 percent of GDP starting next year,” the President said.

He concludes by pointing out that “the associations of reserve and retired military personnel are now active presences in promoting national values.”

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