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Bucharest, March 23 /Agerpres/ - Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and his British counterpart Michael Fallon discussed on Monday the joint measures necessary to ensure a permanent presence of NATO capabilities in the Black Sea.

In the joint media statement after his meeting with Fallon, Dusa declared: 'We have addressed in our talks today several important issues; one of them concerns the security and the political and military situation in our region, resulting from the crisis in Ukraine and from the annexation of Crimea by Russia; also, the security situation in the Black Sea and the measures our countries have to take to ensure a permanent presence by turns of NATO capabilities in the Black Sea. We have also analysed the status of the cooperation of the two ministries within NATO; we have discussed the way reassurance missions are carried out on the eastern flank of NATO and of the European Union.'

According to Dusa, he and Fallon also discussed the two NATO command centres to be set up in Romania.

'The minister assured me British troops will be present in both command centres, especially the division one, where there will be a reasonable number of troops. We have also discussed the importance of the defence budgets, the fact that Romania committed on a political level to this obligation of earmarking over the coming years 2 percent of its GDP to the defence, in order to ensure the modernization and equipment of its army. (...) I have thanked for the presence of British troops in Romania, in the exercises organized in 2014 and in the large-scale exercises scheduled in 2015. (...) The British troops will also be present in the exercises at the firing range of Smardan [southeastern Romania], Dusa mentioned after the meeting.

Other topics of the ministers' dialogue, according to Dusa, concerned the joint planning of exercises in Romania and in other EU and NATO countries, the collaboration in the defence industry and the goals to follow in the preparation of the European Council in June, dedicated to the European security.

The British Defence Ministry Michael Fallon is in a visit to Bucharest on Monday; his agenda includes meetings with his Romanian counterpart Mircea Dusa, with President Klaus Iohannis and with Prime Minister Victor Ponta.AGERPRES

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