Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev and his Romanian counterpart Mihnea Motoc held talks in Bucharest on March 21 2016, with discussions including a review of ways to strengthen regional co-operation, aiming at effectively countering risks and threats facing the two Nato allied countries in the Black Sea region.
This emerges from statements by the Romanian and Bulgarian defence ministries.
The Nenchev-Motoc meeting was a continuation of good practice in regular consultations on the development of bilateral co-operation and the current situation in the field of security and defence. Talks between the two ministers are another proof of the excellent co-operation between Bulgaria and Romania in the context of the upcoming summit of Nato in Warsaw, Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry said.
The two defence ministers discussed a specific package of activities to assist the rotating Nato presence in the region.
Envisaged is an increased number of exercises, and invigoration of co-operation between the two Black Sea region countries.
At the suggestion of Nenchev, a working group with representatives of the defence ministries of Bulgaria and Romania will set out details of the package initiatives, Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry said.
Romania’s Defence Ministry said that in view of the Nato Summit in Warsaw, the ministers highlighted the common interest in a longer-term adjustment of the Alliance, with adequate attention given to the Black Sea region and a posture of deterrence and effective defence to counter security threats to allies, regardless of where these come from.
In this context, they discussed possible initiatives to strengthen the Nato presence on the eastern flank, submitted in line with recent decisions taken by the defence ministers meeting in Brussels.
(Photos: Eugen Mihai/Romanian Defence Ministry)