Romania MoD initiates complex reforms to address regional security

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 4.3.2017 10:32

On 28 February, Romanian Defence Minister, Gabriel Les, announced that Romania will undergo a series of complex reforms to address regional security challenges, specifying that the increased budget, elevated to 2 percent of GDP, will provide 'sufficient' funds for modernisation.

Les said the new military system is designated to meet regional security context, in a bid to raise the army’s operational capacity. The new blueprint involves a highly trained force, improved and adequate work conditions and work facilities.

Russia has recently declared Romania a ‘clear threat’, as it sees Romania as a NATO outpost for hosting an anti-missile shield. The US military insists the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not Russia. Moscow’s comments come as NATO deploys thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry to Eastern Europe while Russia keeps 330,000 troops along its western borders - the largest buildup since the Cold War. NATO officials say the move is needed to nurture regional security, after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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