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Romanian President urges NATO to increase presence in Black Sea region

Johannis also said that Romania actively supports measures to strengthen the cohesion of the eastern flank
19:29, 17 February 2019

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President of Romania Klaus Johannis stated that the Black Sea region needs a greater NATO presence. He said this during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

"The EU implements its decisions on sanctions and must do so unswervingly, and NATO must strengthen its deterrence and defense potential on the eastern flank ... The Black Sea region, where the security situation is particularly difficult, needs a greater presence of NATO," the Romanian president said .

Johannis also said that Romania actively supports measures to strengthen the cohesion of the eastern flank, in particular between its northern and southern elements.

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“Many of our allies misunderstood the importance of the Black Sea region. Recently the events happened that showed that the situation is difficult in terms of security, economic development ... This region cannot be called stable, the situation is constantly changing,” he added.

He clarified that the Alliance has already developed a strategy for its presence in the Black Sea region.

Earlier, Germany pledged its readiness to further support Ukraine in matters of de-escalation and deterrence of Russian armed aggression, including by ensuring the military presence of the Bundeswehr naval ships in the Black Sea.

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