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CSAT to meet on December 11; Army endowment plan for 2019-2028 on agenda

csat 4 septembrie 2018

The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) will meet on December 11 at the Cotroceni Palace under the leadership of President Klaus Iohannis, among the topics to be included on the agenda being the Romanian Army's endowment plan for 2019-2028, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration.

The CSAT is also to discuss its own activity programme for the next year, the plan of use of the Romanian Armed Forces that are sent in missions and operations outside the Romanian territory, in 2019, as well as the National Plan of Information Priorities for 2019.

"At the CSAT meeting, also analyze will be topical issues in the national security field," reads the release.

National Defence Minister Gabriel Les stated on Tuesday, after being heard by the Senate Defence Committee, that it is very possible for a briefing regarding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to be discussed at a CSAT meeting.

"I presented the situation in Ukraine, this was the topic I was invited here for, I was accompanied by the General who is in charge with analyses on such topics. In my opinion, I am urging the media and the people to stay calm, as I do not want to escalate such a subject that is sensible nonetheless. I strongly believe that diplomacy and political dialogue have not yet had their last word and this is the most important one. On the other hand, Romania and the Ministry of National Defence are monitoring this situation very carefully and, of course, being part of the structures of the European Union and NATO, the decisions are taken at this level," Les said.

Asked if there is a question of calling a CSAT meeting on the subject, the minister said: "I know that a CSAT meeting is scheduled for 11 [December], but I do not know about another meeting. It is very possible that at this CSAT meeting a briefing on this topic shall be provided."



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