What will Romania ask for at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw?

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President Klaus Iohannis is to leave for Warsaw to attend the NATO summit due on July 8-9, where he will plead for the increase of NATO’s attention on the Black Sea region and for a balanced allied presence on the entire Eastern flank.

“The summit’s agenda is mainly targeting the adoption of several measures to consolidate the NATO defence and deterrence posture amidst multiple security challenges, as well as projecting stability on NATO’s eastern and southern neighborhoods,” reads the Romanian Presidential Administration’s press statement on Thursday.

The above-mentioned source adds that President Iohannis will underscore the importance of the commitments taken at the previous summit meeting in the UK being fully met, as well as the need for NATO to continue its adaptation, including by providing a balanced and proportional advanced presence over the entire eastern flank.

“Romania is supporting the adoption of a NATO-EU joint declaration that will contribute toward the structuring of the strategic partnership between the two organisations, while also supporting the NATO efforts to consolidate the defence capabilities of the NATO alliess. The summit will particularly focus on NATO deepening cooperation with its eastern partners, especially Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova,” reads the presidential statement.

The Romanian President will attend the first working session of the North-Atlantic Council on Friday, as well as a working dinner extended at the Polish Presidential Palace in Warsaw to the heads of the attending delegations.

On Saturday, Klaus Iohannis will be attending a meeting on Afghanistan of the participating states in the Resolute Support mission, a NAC meeting and a NATO Commission — Ukraine/NAC meeting at presidential level. He is also scheduled to give a press statement on Saturday.

On Sunday, President Iohannis is expected to meet his Polish counterpart. “Talks with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will focus on the adoption of measures at the highest level to deepen and enlarge the strategic partnership between Romania and Poland as well as the most efficient ways to continue the regional initiatives started by the two countries,” the statement says.

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