Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.152 - 19 May 2016
Defence Minister’s Visit to London
The Minister of National Defence, Mihnea Motoc, had a meeting with the British Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, during his official visit to London, on May 19.
The discussions focused on specific ways of intensifying bilateral defence cooperation within the Alliance with a view to preparing the agenda of NATO Summit in Warsaw. The two officials expressed their satisfaction for the cooperation between the two countries and the major role played by the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Great Britain in the present security environment.
They agreed on new action ways to intensify practical military cooperation, in fields such as force training and joint exercsies. A special attention was given to the participation of the Romanian Armed Forces to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), with Great Britain as framework nation in 2017.
Minister Mihnea Motoc and British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed in-depth on the developments of the complex security context and ways of mutual support in preparing the agenda of NATO Summit in Warsaw, on 8-9 July. The need became apparent to strengthen the defence and deterrance posture of the Alliance against all risks and threats to European security. Minister Motoc stressed the strategic importance of the Black Sea, as integral part of the Euro-Atlantic security, emphasizing the need to consolidate the forward position of NATO forces along the entire Eastern flank of the Alliance. He presented the concrete initiatives launched by Romania in this respect and asked for British endorsement in allied and bilateral context.