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SACEUR Breedlove: NATO to announce soon a decision on prepositioning heavy weapons in Romania

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US four-star General Philip Breedlove announced a decision in the near future on prepositioning NATO heavy weapons in Romania; he voiced his confidence in Romania's prompt response and agreement with this decision.

He confirmed the Alliance's intention in a joint press conference with Defence Minister Mircea Dusa; the Romanian official mentioned that technical talks to this effect were already in progress.

General Breedlove's Bucharest agenda includes meetings on Tuesday with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

General, Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command, as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations said on Tuesday, in Bucharest, at the end of a meeting with the National Defence minister, Mircea Dusa, that he appreciates Romania's "extraordinary" contribution to the NATO's defence and Europe's security. 

(...) From the air police missions to those of crisis response, to hosting some of the six units for the NATO forces' integration, Romania has proven its commitment for our collective defence, said Breedlove. 

He also emphasized the importance of the Deveselu shield for the Alliance's collective defence. 

Moreover, general Breedlove expressed his disappointment towards the announcement made by Russia regarding Moscow's self-suspension from the consulting group on the Treaty upon the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. 

Like others, we were disappointment by this announcement, yet now it is important to go further as nations in order to find a way to communicate free and a way to understand and be transparent in connection to the structure of forces in Europe. Of course, this will be challenging for us, we should be able to find new means to stay transparent and cooperate as regards the already started programmes, added Breedlove.