Romanian President Klaus Iohannis believes that it is necessary to speed up the implementation of NATO’s strategy, which involves increasing the presence of alliance forces on the eastern flank.
NATO leaders approved at the end of June at the summit in Madrid a new strategic concept for the alliance until 2030. According to these plans, the number of high readiness forces on the eastern flag of the alliance will be increased to 300,000 people. It is reported that the level of existing battle groups will be upgraded to “brigade level where and when necessary.”
“Today we assessed the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic space together. In conversations with Mr. Secretary General (NATO), I stressed the need to implement the decisions taken at the historic summit in Madrid this year as soon as possible,” Iohannis told reporters after a meeting with the bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is now in Bucharest.
Iohannis thanked Stoltenberg for his “efforts to coordinate NATO modernization” and spoke of the need for a stronger deterrent on the eastern flank. “The implementation of the Strategic Concept will lead to an increase in the role of our alliance, on which depends not only the security of the Euro-Atlantic space, but also the stability of the international order,” the Romanian president added.