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New Defence Attaché of Romania accredited to Lithuania


On March 29 new Defence Attaché of Romania Col Dragos Florea was accredditted to Lithuania at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.


Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas congratulated the incoming official and thanked Romania for the support and active participation in the cyber response teams project developed in the European Union Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework.


Vice Minister V. Umbrasas underscored that “we have shared interests in security and defence, we are united by common threats, therefore we have to further develop regional, NATO, and EU mechanisms for increasing resilience.”


The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Romania in Lithuania Simona Botezatu, Dean of the Foreign Defence Attaché Association in Vilnius, Defence Attaché of Sweden in Lithuania Lt Col Orjan Strom, spouse of the incoming Defence Attaché Simina Florea, and representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


Defence Attaché of Romania Col Dragos Florea will be based in Warsaw (Poland), he is also accredited Estonia, Latvia, and Poland.


Col D. Florea replaced Romeo-Mihail Tabirca who served in the position in 2015- July 2018.


Col D. Florea studied at the Military Technical Academy in Bucharest (Romania), held various positions at the National Defence System of Romania, was deployed to the mission in Afghanistan, served in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). He was accredited as Defence Attaché to Poland in July 2018.

Lithuanian-Romanian defence cooperation


Defence cooperation of Romania and Lithuania gained pace in 1998 when an agreement on bilateral cooperation was signed by the respective defence ministries. The document was updated in 2010. Currently both countries participate in joint NATO, EU, and regional initiatives and projects, such as projects in the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO): development of the EU cyber response teams and military mobility. Cooperation on training C-27J Spartan crews is also expanded.


Lithuania and Romanian military personnel are training in joint exercises, cooperate on military training, expert-level meetings are held. In 2007 the Romanian Air Force took part with four MiG-21 LanceR fighter aircraft in the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states conducted from Šiauliai Airbase.


Romania is celebrating its 15th anniversary of NATO membership together with Lithuania and five more European countries on March 29. On 29 March 2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of the largest defensive alliance – NATO.


Photo credits: Giedrė Maksimovicz

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