Speech made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Bucharest ⋆ Universul.net

Declaratii de presa ce au urmat intalnirii secretarului General al NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, cu presedintele Romaniei, in Bucuresti, 28 noiembrie 2022. Inquam Photos / Octav Ganea

This is the speech made Tuesday by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Bucharest.

Romania is a strong and highly valued NATO Ally. And I am reminded of that every day, because one of the great contributions you are making to our Alliance is that you have provided me with an excellent Deputy Secretary General.

Who reminds me of Romania’s commitment to NATO every day. And Mircea Geoana is really a man that I appreciate working with. And is a friend and he is also the co-founder of this Institute. So it’s, for many reasons, a pleasure to be here this morning.

NATO foreign ministers will meet in Bucharest as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on Romania’s borders. Undermining the international rules-based order.

This is a critical time for our security. And we are sending an important message:

NATO is here. NATO is vigilant. And NATO is ready to defend every inch of Allied territory.

In response to Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, we are raising the readiness of our troops. And we have doubled the number of NATO battlegroups from four to eight.

Including one here in Romania, led by France.

Just last week, NATO Allies conducted an exercise to test air and missile defences in Romania. Involving Spanish, Turkish and US aircraft, as well as French jets flying from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.  Demonstrating how NATO Allies operate together and are ready to defend every inch, but also the airspace above NATO Allies.

NATO Allies and NATO are not a party to the conflict in Ukraine.

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