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Geoana: The proposal regarding the clause of solidarity from the new strategic concept of NATO is for the benefit of Romania

The proposal of  the secretary  general of NATO regarding the clause of solidarity in the future strategic concept of NATO which will allow that the number of activities – as an example would be the advanced presence in the Eastern Flank  to be financed from a joint budget- will be for the benefit of Romania, reason for which minister Bogdan Aurescu supported without hesitation, as many other foreign affairs ministers, stated Mircea Geoana, deputy secretary general of NATO, on Friday.

He made this statement in a briefing for the Romanian journalists, which took place after the reunion of the ministers of foreign affairs from the member states on Tuesday and Wednesday where there topics of discussion included the process of reflection NATO 2030 which would be finalised with a new strategic concept of the NATO.

He said that the secretary general of NATO does not require an increase of the financial effort of the nations for the NATO budget, military and civilian, which represents at present somewhat towards 3% of the investments and expenses for defence of the allied states.

‘From these, the secretary general proposes as a number of activities, which will be agreed by allies, not to be financed strictly from national resources, from the national budgetary projection – as it is the case of the advanced presence on the Eastern Flank,the Baltic and Polish area, that in the area of the Black Sea including with us in Romania – as a large part of these investments for defence to be made by joint budget’ Geoana said.

He says that main reason for this initiative is the growth of the ‘ level of solidarity and cohesion inside the Alliance’.

At the same time, Mircea Geoana said, this is not the only domain where the NATO leadership thinks that more can be done from the point of view of financing.
‘We have NATO partnership. Today they are financed mainly through ‘ trust funds’. It is perfectly all right, they should continue, but if we had a part of joint financing for partnerships as well, it would be very good. Or the new technologies, which are a topic of the present moment, and I think you have noticed the energetic manner in which the UK positioned itself (…) And there we think we could find formulas to invest together’ Geoana added.

He mentioned that this negotiation in view of the NATO summit will continue and ‘ there are nations which are very ambitious, others who are bit more reluctant,but there is nothing abnormal’.

‘This is the NATO logics for discussions,negotiations, I am convinced that the idea of this clause of solidarity, as we call it in the document of the secretary general, will find its reflection in the NATO summit and we will create all conditions for consensus, we are an Alliance based on consensus. This is will be for the benefit for the Eastern Flank, including Romania, including for the area of the Black Sea, it is something which will help us, that is why minister Bodgan Aurescu expressed his support without any hesitation, as many other ministers of foreign affairs, around this concept’ Geoana said.


Similarly,Mircea Geoana stated on Friday that, as a leader of NATO and as a Romanian, he has no worries with regard to the homogenous way, serious and reliable in which NATO will insure the security of all allies, including the area of the Black Sea and Romania.

‘It is absolutely legitimate that allied states, such as Romania, require a presence for defence and deterrence  as consistent as possible, taking into account the geography of Romania. Romania is a flank country,it is a country of multiregional valences (…). That is why the strategic valence of Romania is one acknowledged by NATO, by the EU, and it is legitimate that the Romanian leaders, irrespective of the position, at high level of president or ministers to require a more significant present’ stated Geoana in a briefing online for the Romanian journalists.

He said that in the area of the Black Sea there is a significant maritime military presence. ‘ In the Black Sea we have allied countries, which are Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, but we have two extremely important partners of the NATO, Ukraine and Georgia who catch our attention (…) We are not indifferent to the fact that the Russian Federation militarised Crimea and uses it as a platform for power projection beyond the Black Sea towards the area of the North of Africa and the Middle East. This is taken into account by the Alliance and I want to assure you of the fact that our military planners and our political leaders take into consideration these things’ added the NATO high official.

He said that, as NATO advances in this joint planning, there will be concrete answers for the needs and requests that the different countries, including Romania have.

‘Our military leaders were commissioned by the ministers of defence in the NATO to lead the most important re-evaluation of the detterrence policy made over the last 40-50 years, a system of homogenous defence of the whole Euro-Atlantic space Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area in extensive format and which will reach military planning in some years to be homogenous and to insure every sub-geography of security the right answer for the Allies’ Geoana explained.

He also reiterated that at present there are 72,000 American military in Europe, out of whom ‘ an important number’ in Romania.

‘Today,president Joe Biden instructed the secretary for defence Loyd Austin to make a re-evaluation of the global position of the American military presence at the level of the whole planet. And we are convinced of what we hear, including in inversing the decision to reduce the American troops in Germany which the new administration announced, that following this re-evaluation the Eastern Flank and the area of the Black Sea will have a reconfirmation and, why not, a presence even more significant. But his is always done in an integrated strategic context’ Geoana said.

‘Unfortunately, the pandemics did not reduce the risks of security, but it amplified them. It is like accelerators’ Geoana said, who spoke about the traditional risks and about such problems such as disinformation, hybrid war, massive cyber attacks.