Security status in the Black Sea region, analyzed in the CSAT

Posted on April 30, 2021

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Written by IZ, April 27, 2021

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Cotroceni Palace, the meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defense took place, chaired by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. According to the Presidential Administration, the state of security in the Black Sea region was analyzed, in the context of the accumulation of Russian Federation troops on the eastern border of Ukraine, and the implications for our country.

“As a riparian state and as one of the closest allies to the developments that have taken place in recent weeks, Romania is extremely concerned about the security and stability of the region and has expressed concern within the North Atlantic Alliance, because everything what is happening in the Black Sea area also affects Euro-Atlantic security.

Our country has consistently supported the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, the solution being the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements and strict adherence to the ceasefire regime.

Romania is in constant contact with allies and partners within NATO and the European Union and coordinates and exchanges evaluations with allies and partners in the region, including to identify appropriate action options. ” it is shown in a press release of the Presidential Administration.

According to the quoted source, the announcement of the Russian Federation regarding the order for its troops to return to their permanent bases, after the military exercises in Crimea and the Black Sea, was important and opportune for the de-escalation of the situation, but does not change the need to continue led to this tense situation and to identify measures to de-escalate and de-escalate, as well as to avoid similar situations in the future.

Therefore, the Romanian authorities remain vigilant and will continue to monitor this unjustified mobilization around Ukraine.

Also, during the meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defense, it was decided that, on the NATO line, Romania should continue to promote efforts aimed at further strengthening the Allied position in Romania and in the region, in a responsible manner, in accordance with international law.

“Following the allied decisions, we already host NATO multinational commands and structures on the territory of our country and benefit from an advanced allied presence, with important contributions in land, sea and air.

The importance of strengthening the resilience, both at the national level and of the Alliance as a whole, and of its partners was another issue addressed in today’s Council. Romania has decided to support these efforts by setting up the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center, which will provide assistance and expertise to interested states, including neighboring partners. At the same time, within the CSAT, it was agreed to continue supporting our partners in the Eastern Neighborhood, but also in the Western Balkans, both bilaterally and in regional formats, including in advancing their relations with NATO and the EU.

In addition, Romania is interested in resolving protracted conflicts around the Black Sea, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched some initiatives at EU level.

All these steps are able to increase Romania’s security and are, at the same time, a clear proof of solidarity and allied unity. ” also specifies the quoted source.

Also in today’s meeting, the redeployment of the military contingent from Afghanistan in Romania was analyzed and approved, at the end of the Resolute Support mission, according to a schedule agreed with the coalition partners.

The redeployment will be staged and will take place over the next few months. Romania will withdraw forces from Afghanistan coordinated with NATO coalition members starting May 1, 2021. All 615 military and over 80 tons of materials and logistics items will be extracted with national and coalition military aircraft.

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