President Klaus Iohannis on Monday told a debate in the northern city of Satu Mare that Romania aspires to strengthen its position as a predictable regional player, but that this requires adequate hardware, strategic analysis and planning, and the army’s transformation into a modern and strong force.
“Romania has the ambition to strengthen its position as a predictable regional player with an important strategic role of keeping stability not only inside the country, but in the entire region. This ambition can obviously not be fulfilled just by talking about it, it takes much more than that. It requires adequate hardware, strategic analysis and planning, the army’s transformation into a modern and powerful force and, in this context, it is of course necessary to identify a balance among the three defence dimensions — air, land and sea — to be fully consistent with the country’s long term strategic vision in relation to the Allies, but also as regards the potential adversaries,” said Iohannis.
The head of the state considers that Romania has fulfilled its commitments undertaken at the Warsaw Summit.
“We can prove that we have not just the capacity to ensure national security, but to also act as security providers in the region. Romania’s success at this summit is due not just to political and diplomatic approaches, but — to a very large extent — to the credibility enjoyed by Romania’s army with the allied forces, and this is exactly why we obtained the establishment of a multinational brigade on Romanian soil,” said the President.
Iohannis added that the Defence Ministry has decided that the Craiova-based 1st Infantry Brigade ‘Rovine’ shall take over as multinational brigade, declaring in 2017 what manpower it participates with and how it will organized, so that it be operational in 2018.
President Klaus Iohannis, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, Deputy PM Vasile Dincu and Minister of Defence Mihnea Motoc, participate in the debate “The Army — a Fundamental Institution of the State. A Source of Confidence and National Pride” at the North Theatre in Satu Mare./IBNA