Romania calls for greater U.S. military presence in Black Sea
Romania has required NATO and America to enhance their military presence within the Balkan nation to advertise balance within the Black Sea area following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The foreign ministry, in a statement released on Thursday, said Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean stressed the significance of a sophisticated, long-term U.S. existence within the Black Sea area “to prevent every other destabilizing projects.”
Corlatean has been around Washington this week to go over the problem in Ukraine, which neighbors Romania, with U.S. officials.
The ministry said appointments by U.S. warships to Romanian Black Sea ports and combined naval, terrestrial and aerial military exercises targeted at “combining a collective protection measurement,” should increase.
Romania, a former Communist state which joined the European Union in 2007, has been one of the staunchest supporters of Western sanctions against Moscow after Russia took over the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
Romanian President Traian Basescu has required NATO to reposition its assets within the aftermath of Russia’s military moves recently.
Bucharest is particularly careful that its friend Moldova, a little condition having a Russian-speaking group, might be next in Moscow’s views.
Romania and its southern neighbor Bulgaria joined NATO ten years ago and it has deployed soldiers and been a part of Washington’s military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bulgaria and Romania took part in navy exercises within the Black Sea and located military exercises with U.S. troops, because the standoff between the West and Russia started over Ukraine.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta stated on Monday that Bucharest may increase its defense plan for this season by 700 million lei ($217.41 million), or 0.2 percentage of national output.