March 13, 2018

DefMin Fifor wants to make Multinational Brigade in Craiova operational by end of 2018
Mar 13, 2018

DefMin Fifor wants to make Multinational Brigade in Craiova operational by end of 2018.
National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor told a joint news conference on Tuesday with his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak that he wants to make the Multinational Brigade in Craiova operational by the end of 2018. "We want that, together with our allies and, certainly together with Poland - that offers us a substantial support - to make the Multinational Brigade in Craiova operational by the end of this year. I take this opportunity to thank my Polish counterpart for all the support that he offers to the Multinational Brigade in Craiova," Fifor told the news conference occasioned by the Bucharest 9 Initiative defence ministers' meeting. He added that the Polish Minister will be in Craiova throughout the day, where he is to meet Polish servicemen. Fifor reiterated the wish that within the Multinational Brigade, the troops presence be made after the Polish model, namely in a rotating manner. "Romania has repeatedly requested an allied military presence on its soil and the fact that I was talking about the operationalisation of the Multinational Brigade in Craiova means, among other, this thing, too: the affiliation to the Multinational Brigade of as many countries as possible so that we can have here a multifunctional brigade, in the true meaning of the word, not only while it's peace. On the other hand, as it is known, US troops are in Romania and at each meeting that I've had with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, I requested that the US troops' presence in Romania be made after the Polish model, namely in a rotational manner, but for a longer period of time. We continue to carry out demarches in this regard, because for Romania is important both the US presence and that of other states, through the affiliation to the Multinational Brigade, but also by participating in the drills we conduct each year," the Romanian official stated. In the context of the Bucharest (B9) Format Defence Ministers' meeting Mihai Fifor underscored the importance of coordination and correlation on the eastern flank, mentioning that this aspect was highlighted in the works of the meeting in Bucharest. "On an ally level, we are in full process of preparing the future summit. Today, the advanced allied presence materialised on the entire eastern flank of the Alliance, both in north-east, the Baltic area, and in the south-east, on the national territory and the Black Sea. We continue to mainly focus on its implementation and, in this context, we await in July, important decisions, relevant for the allied defence and deterrence posture. Romania, just as Poland, has an important involvement in negotiations and we want to be an active actor, an important player at the table of big decisions, through promoting our own security interest, mainly related to the adaptation measures such as increasing the deterrence profile on the eastern flank," he mentioned. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak showed that a Romanian-Polish collaboration, namely among the largest states on the eastern flank of NATO, represents a key in view of a wider cooperation. "We are very delighted to see the Romanian forces in Poland and we try to endorse Romania through our presence here. (...) Enforcing the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw is being properly done. We want that NATO response against challenges be as precisely and complete as possible. We want that NATO's adaptation to threats be as good as possible. And threats are present - everyone knows it very well, everyone can identify them - and we are in agreement on how to counter them," he said. AGERPRES (RO - author: Irinela Visan, editor: Andreea Rotaru; EN - author: Rodica State, editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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