Chairman Tariceanu after meeting B9 defence ministers: Defence policies need coordination, harmonisation
Mar 13, 2018
Chairman Tariceanu after meeting B9 defence ministers: Defence policies need coordination, harmonisation.
Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Tuesday that the meeting he had with defence ministers from the Bucharest 9 (B9) cooperation format dealt with defence and security issues, taking into account the "the challenges faced by NATO's eastern flank countries."
"The invasion of Crimea in 2014 has made Russia's threat even more topical, more acute, although it would probably have been useful for us to take seriously the previous signals given by Russia with the invasion of Georgia in 2008. But back then the countries of the EU and NATO did not, in my opinion, have a proper response. It followed after the Crimean annexation with some delay, but it is good that these steps have been taken and, as you know, at the Warsaw Summit, in July 2016, a decision was made to create this NATO-advanced presence in our countries; yet, as far as the NATO member countries on the eastern flank are concerned, coordination and harmonisation of their defence policies are needed, whether it is about mobility or interoperability, which are key elements in a logic of high performance, of being as effective as possible," said Tariceanu after meeting Bucharest 9 (B9) Initiative defence ministers.
He added that other issues that were discussed during the meeting regarded military, industrial, military, economic, infrastructure cooperation, "which should be considered in order to make our armies a force as efficient as possible in case of potential aggressions. "
Tariceanu went on to say that he looks forward to the mid-April summit, which will be the "parliamentary pillar of this format in which Romania starts to look like a country able to take foreign policy initiatives and become a leader in the region, in different areas."
"I welcomed a delegation of the B9 defence ministers. This was an important meeting organised by the Minister of Defence, Mr Mihai Fifor, and his Polish counterpart, as part of the events that are unfolded this year. Next comes a summit of the chairs of the B9 parliaments, which I organise in Bucharest, together with my Polish counterpart," said Tariceanu.
Attending the B9 defence ministerial meeting were the defence ministers of the B9 Initiative member states - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia - NATO officials as well as representatives of the US Department of Defense. AGERPRES (RO - author: Sorin Penes, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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