President Marcelo visits Portuguese military stationed in Romania
President Marcelo visits tropps in Romania this morning. Photo: Miguel A Lopes/ Lusa

President Marcelo visits Portuguese military stationed in Romania

2nd Deployed National Force integrated within NATO mission 

With the whiff of Russian invasion of Moldova in the air, President Marcelo is today visiting Portuguese military stationed in Romania, which shares part of its border with the tiny country.

He has used the occasion for what Lusa describes as “a restricted meeting with Romanian President, Klaus Werner Iohannis”. 

The Head of State and Supreme Commander of Portugal’s Armed Forces has been accompanied by defence minister Helena Carreiras, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Army Nunes da Fonseca.

Lusa adds that various areas of Romania also border Ukraine.

There are 212 military personnel in the 2nd Deployed National Force, from the three branches of the Armed Forces – Navy, Army and Air Force.

They are part of NATO’s  ‘Tailored Forward Presence’, the main objective of which is to demonstrate the alliance’s “solidarity, determination and ability to respond to any aggression”.

NATO has increased its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance “as a direct result of Russia’s behaviour”, explained an update by the alliance earlier this month.

Since becoming president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has visited national forces deployed on military missions in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Malaga, Spain (in 2017), and then in the Central African Republic in 2018 and Afghanistan in 2019.

Source material: LUSA