German top general visits Romania as multinational drills unfold

German top general visits Romania as multinational drills unfold

Bucharest, April 16, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa today received German armed forces Chief of Staff, General Volker Wieker (photo), as thousands of troops are involved in military drills in south-east Romania, close to the Ukrainian border.

In their meeting, the two officials approached topics related to the evolution of the security situation in the extended Black Sea area and the implementing of the reassurance measures in a bilateral context, but also within the North Atlantic Alliance.

“We created the legal framework necessary to establish the integration of the NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU) and the Multinational Division-Southeast Command (MND-SE) in Bucharest, in the spaces of some existing commands, which ensure the conditions imposed by NATO,” Minister Dusa said, according to a release, referring to the two NATO command structures that will operate on Romania’s territory. Wieker’s visit comes shortly after the one paid by US general Philip Breedlove, the chief commander of the allied troops in Europe.

Other topics approached were related to the development of the NATO capabilities and the preparation of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of the European Union in the Defence ministers format, of May, and the European Council meeting devoted to security and defense, which will take place in June, the Defense Ministry informed.

As talks were being held, over 2,200 servicemen from United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and the United States of America started, until April 30, the Wind Spring 2015 multinational exercise, that is taking place in the Smardan range of Galati County, SE Romania, but also at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in the Constanta County, on the seaside.

According to a press release of the Defense Ministry, the exercise has as a purpose the joint training, in a unitary manner, of the servicemen of NATO or partner states, for the maintaining of operational capacity of structures and fulfilling the specific interoperability and standardization demands of NATO and the EU.

The exercise will see the participation of servicemen and equipment from units of mechanized infantry, armour, anti-air artillery, logistic support, mountain huntsmen sub-units, as well as IAR-330 SOCAT helicopters and IAR-99 Hawk aircraft of the Romanian Air Force, and elements specializing in radio-electronic warfare and civilian-military liaison.

During the Wind Spring 2015 multinational exercise several activities are planned, such as command exercises, combat training, and solving of complex tactical situations. The preparation of the activities also involved the billeting in the training facilities in Romania of the allied and partner detachments, action that started in mid-March.

The exercise is part of the series of joint training activities that are taking place within the country, as well as outside the national territory, during the Atlantic Resolve operation, in order to demonstrate the reassurance measures adopted within the North Atlantic Council on ensuring regional stability and security, especially in the current security climate on NATO’s Eastern flanks.