On Tuesday, Romania’s foreign minister said he asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken for the US to consider sending more troops to Romania and elsewhere in the Black Sea region.
“We have discussed about the importance of increasing the US presence in the region and in Romania,” Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu told the Atlantic Council.
Plans to increase the US military footprint in Romania are already in the works. In May, the US Air Force was awarded $152 million to make upgrades at the Campia Turzii air base in Romania. The US sent 90 airmen and a fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones earlier in the year.
Aurescu met with Blinken on Monday, and the State Department said in a readout that Blinken “praised Romania as a stalwart NATO Ally and both agreed to collaborate on Black Sea security issues.”
The US and NATO have increased their presence in the Black Sea in recent years, stoking tensions with Russia. Last week, the US sent two warships into the sensitive waters to operate alongside NATO allies. Russia responded by practicing firing its coastal missile defense system on mock enemy targets.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin recently visited the region, making stops in Romania, Ukraine, and Georgia. In Ukraine and Georgia, Austin signaled that the door was still open for the two countries to eventually join NATO.
5 thoughts on “Romania Wants US to Send More Troops to Black Sea Region”
Blinken, of course, has shown himself to be a completely ignorant puppet of the Cold war years. Even POTUS Biden does not trust him in real discussions (eg CIA head Wm Burns was sent to Moscow to sort out Ukraine debacle).
This has that usual stink of Victoria Nuland about it.
US orders Romania to ask for (fill in the blanks).
The Russian MOD believes this site is offensive in nature and violates the various nuclear arms treaties the US no longer recognizes. The US won’t need to send troops if Russian fully intends to launch a missile barrage when the moment arrives.
I never would have pegged Romania to be an energy powerhouse, despite importing oil and gas from Russia.
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