General Andre Lanata, head of NATO’s Allied Command for Transformation, visited Romania where he met with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry.
During the meeting, the two officials stressed the importance of EU-NATO cooperation, noting that it is increasingly useful in ensuring a coordinated and effective response to existing and emerging challenges, including coronavirus. It is noteworthy that the Romanian Foreign Minister stressed that Romania was the first member of the alliance to use NATO’s strategic airlift capabilities to transport medical supplies, equipment and aid, which were offered to allies and partner countries.
It is further emphasized that special mention was made of the need to continue the NATO adjustment process in accordance with the decisions taken, as well as of efforts to strengthen NATO’s deterrent and defense position, especially in the eastern wing, Romania and The Black Sea region, through a coherent and unified approach, as well as a consistent presence of the Alliance and a well-established program of exercises.
Bogdan Aurescu stressed the need to continue providing assistance and support to partners in the eastern part of the Alliance, such as the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.
In turn, the Minister of Defense stressed that Romania remains committed to distributing 2% of its GDP in defense and that 20% of these funds are invested in the purchase of equipment, adding that the Romanian army continues to organize joint exercises with partners and participates in international transport.
In his turn, Andre Lanata underlined the importance given to the Black Sea region, where allied plans are being elaborated and expressed his interest in continuing the dialogue with the Romanian side on this issue. /