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January 27, 2023

Stoltenberg: NATO allies, committed to increasing support for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and Rep. of Moldova

NATO allies are “committed to increasing support for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova”, partners “affected by the Russian pressure”, said on Wednesday, in Bucharest, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.

“NATO and NATO allies have been providing support for the three partners for many years, including through capacity building, reforms and training to strengthen their defense and security institutions,” Stoltenberg said at the opening of the last discussion session of the the second day of the meeting of foreign ministers from the Alliance, to which Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova were also invited to participate.

“Today, these partners are affected by the Russian pressure. NATO allies committed to increasing support for them. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss some of our common security concerns, particularly in the strategically important Black Sea and Western Balkans region. West,” said the head of NATO.

According to him, the meeting in Bucharest shows “the strong and growing cooperation between NATO and the three countries in these challenging times”.


NATO can bring additional forces to the Black sea region, if necessary


NATO member countries agreed and implemented an increased allied presence in the Black Sea region right from 2014, after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, and before and after the day the Russian invasion began in Ukraine, we have significantly increased our presence, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Tuesday at the end of the first day of the meeting of the NATO foreign ministers, hosted by the Palace of the Parliament.

“When we realized last autumn that Russia was planning a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, we increased our presence in the Black Sea region. I was also at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania, I think in February, and I saw how the USA and the allies brought more troops. Now, France leads a battle group and we moved from four to eight battle groups [in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania plus Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria]. Before and after the day of the invasion, we increased our presence significantly, with various types of capabilities, and we made important decisions from all allies, the same as in Madrid, to increase our presence, to commit troops, prepositioned hardware and a combination of a forward presence, so that our presence in the Black Sea region is more solid. We are working on the details of many of these decisions, but many of these things have already happened. I also want to emphasize the fact that, being prepared for the invasion, even on the morning of the invasion, we activated the defense plans. The Allied Supreme Command has been given the authority to move forces into this region when needed and that has been done to a large extent so far, but if necessary additional forces can be brought in on land and at sea”,’ the senior Allied official told a press conference.

The NATO battle group in Romania, at battalion level but which can be increased, if necessary, to brigade level, is based in Cincu and its command is provided by France.


Compiled from Agerpres

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