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DefMin Les and General Ciuca meets General Wolters


National Defence Minister (MApN) Gabriel Les and Chief of General Staff Nicolae Ciuca have met on Tuesday with Commander of the Allied Air Command in Ramstein Air Base General Tod D. Wolters, who is also the Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE).

According to a release of the MApN, the implementation of the decisions adopted in Warsaw for strengthening the allied deterrence and defence posture, the cooperation between air forces in Romania and the US and the recent developments in the international security environment were the main topics that were discussed.

"Minister Les and General Wolters assessed the progress recorded in implementing the air dimension of NATO's advanced presence in the south part of the eastern flank of the Alliance, as well as in intensifying the participation of the US air forces and other allied states in missions of air police and exercises conducted in Romanian and in the Black Sea region," the release mentions.

According to the MApN, General Wolters reiterated the commitment to consolidate the presence of allied air capacities in the region in the following years, in order to ensure the adequate response capacity to challenges regarding the collective defence.

"The National Defence Minister presented the priorities in the area of armed forces' modernization and endowment and highlighted the importance of advancing the US-Romania collaboration on the technical-military dimension. In this context, the Romanian side thanked for the support that the US granted in upgrading the air forces capabilities, through the programme of purchasing F-16 aircraft and through other programmes of equipping with air or air defence capacities, which are pending or are in different stages of preparation," the release points out.

In the discussions carried out with the General Staff, various topics were tackled such as Romania's and the US's contribution to the air component within the advanced presence on the eastern flank of the NATO. Moreover, discussions were carried out regarding the missions conducted by Romania's Army and bilateral and major multinational exercises that are to be conducted this year on national soil, for increasing the operations' inter-operability while carrying out the transport, support and air missions, the quoted source mentions.