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Fifor will go to the US to meet with the US Secretary of Defense



Romania is the most pro-American country in Europe and US forces are welcome in our country, said George Maior, the Romanian ambassador to Washington, who said that Mihai Fifor, the Romanian Defense Minister, will meet in September USA with his American counterpart, Jim Mattis

"We are the most pro-American country in Europe," Maior said in an interview for the Politico publication

The Ambassador added that Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor, plans to promote Romania's offer to host a permanent US military contingent at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base

George Maior has stated that Mihai Fifor will visit in the United States in September, during which he will meet with Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense

Among the themes dealt with during the interview given by the Ambassador of Romania are the ones related to our country's efforts to strengthen security especially in the eastern flank of NATO, including the increase in the defense budget, a communiqué released on Tuesday by the Romanian Embassy in Washington.

In the interview, the Romanian ambassador argued that US military forces moves its concentration from the center of the European continent to the eastern flank: "We think that the center of gravity should pass, in terms of strength, from the center of Europe to the eastern border of NATO, which is the most exposed." [19609007] wants a US military contingent permanently in Kogalniceanu

Also, highlighting the excellent Romanian-American cooperation in the security and defense plan, the Romanian Ambassador supported the idea of ​​hosting our permanent American presence.

"We always want to see a bigger American presence, "said Maior, who said Romania is the most pro-American country in Europe, according to opinion polls. In the context, he said that Romania already had the anti-missile defense system at Deveselu, and US military use Mihail Kogalniceanu air base, which is very close to the Crimean Peninsula

We should not forget that in Crimea there is a a serious militarization process, Ambassador George Maior said, so there is a need to discourage these actions through a consistent American presence in the region.

The Ambassador also said that new, hybrid, "As a country, we have detected these activities for a long time," said the ambassador, who said that Romania has warned its allies over Russia's growing use of hybrid tactics. 19659003] The diplomat also pointed out that false narratives must be constantly highlighted by properly informing citizens. An example of a fake narrative belonging to Russian propaganda emerged, according to the Romanian ambassador, with the deployment of the anti-missile system at Deveselu, when Russia's rhetoric advanced the idea that the system is very costly, would undermine relations with Russia and expose Romania to new threats

The Romanian government has pointed out that the missile defense is a defensive project that does not threaten Russia, it is in the interest of national defense and of the NATO allies

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