NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commends Romania’s contributions to the Alliance in the areas of cyber security and intelligence, as well as the decision to invest 2% of GDP in military endowment. In an interview to HotNews.ro, Stoltenberg announced that ten NATO states would send troops to the multinational brigade in Craiova.
Corruption undermines confidence in our democratic institutions … Everything that can undermine confidence in these democratic institutions undermines the security of our society, the NATO chief said in the interview.
Three days before his visit to Romania, Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the hybrid threats from Russia to NATO states. He said that the alliance received information from several NATO allies about Russia’s attempts to interfere in political processes.
Stoltenberg, however, stressed that Russia is our neighbour and will remain so. NATO does not want a new cold war, a new arms race. We are forced to have a more constructive relationship with Russia, trying to reduce tensions. Our response, our measures are defensive and proportionate, Stoltenberg said.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will join other top officials and security experts to address deputies October 6-9 during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session in Bucharest.
Iohannis will welcome Stoltenberg at Cotroceni Palace on Monday, October 9, to discuss the implementation stage of the decisions adopted at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016 and at the summit in Brussels in May this year.
Iohannis and Stoltenberg will also attend the opening of the 63rd plenary sitting of the NATO Parliamentary Assemply session, hosted at the Palace of Parliament in the Capital, with the Romanian president delivering a speech.