Romania says NATO must shift resources as Russian threat looms

by Reuters
Monday, 24 March 2014 09:44 GMT

BUCHAREST, March 24 (Reuters) - Romania's President Traian Basescu on Monday said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must reposition its resources in the wake of Moscow's military operations in recent months, without offering specifics.

Romania, a former Communist state which joined the European Union in 2007, has been among the staunchest advocates of Western sanctions against Moscow, after Russia annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea.

Romania is especially wary that its neighbour Moldova, a tiny state with a Russian-speaking minority, could be next in Moscow's sights.

"I will ... take advantage of the opportunity that many heads of states are gathered here and also outside the summit and inform them about the situation in the region, the need to reposition NATO's military resources as a result of military activities of the Russian Federation over the past months and so on," Basescu told reporters on Monday, on his departure to a nuclear security summit in The Hague.

U.S. President Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea. (Reporting by Radu Marinas; editing by Matthias Williams)

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