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Defence Minister in the Romanian Delegation Participating in NATO Summit in Warsaw - Major Decisions for Romania

While at NATO Summit in Warsaw, allied leaders negotiated and adopted major decisions for the consolidation of the allied defence and deterrence posture, along the entire eastern Flank.

The defence minister had several bilateral meetings with allied counterparts with a view to getting the necessary support for the strategic goals of Romania in terms of consolidating the defence and deterrence posture and the decision concerning NATO forward adapted presence on the territory of its eastern allies, and Romania respectively.

Thus, during the meeting with the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, it was noted the importance of consolidating the allied defence and deterrence posture, as a defining element of the Summit. They also discussed ways of bilateral cooperation in implementing the decisions assumed by chiefs of state and government, specifically those concerning the forward adapted presence on Romanian territory. During the meeting with the Turkish defence minister, Fikri Ișik, the two officials agreed on the importance of concentrating common efforts on implementing allied decisions in the near future, so that concrete results are obtained by the defence ministerial of October this year.

Defence minister Mihnea Motoc participated in a working dinner along the other allied defence ministers. They talked of an enhanced forward presence on NATO Eastern Flank, the cooperation framework in the southern part of the Alliance and allied support for NATO partners by an efficient use of the Initiative for Defence Capacity Building, with a view to projecting stability and security. Another topic on the Summit agenda was finding the ways to make a functional evaluation of the allied command structure, as an orientation element for the future reflection process on this matter.

The Romanian defence minister spoke of specific initiatives to achieve an adapted forward presence on the southern area on NATO Eastern Flank. The initiative would consist in creating a multinational brigade in Romania, affiliated to the headquarters Multinational Division South-East and consolidating air and naval presence in the region, by means of dedicated measures. He also pointed out the important role played by the allied military authorities in the process and encouraged the participation of the allies with concrete contributions to the specific implementation of tFP over the next periood of time.

Minister Motoc also pointed out the importance of the allied initiative to consolidate the defence capacities of third parties, as a key-instrument of NATO to the efforts of the international community to project stability beyond NATO borders. He also restated Romania’s commitment to cooperate with the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine and to use efficiently the current cooperation mechanisms with the partner states of NATO.

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