Romania, Bulgaria, Greece sign deal to boost military mobility

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has increased the urgency both for Nato and the European Union to speed up preparations

By Reuters

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Romania's President Klaus Werner attends a meeting at Nato's 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Wednesday. REUTERS
Romania's President Klaus Werner attends a meeting at Nato's 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Wednesday. REUTERS

Published: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 6:50 PM

Romania, Bulgaria and Greece signed a deal on Thursday to enable swift cross-border movement of troops and weapons to Nato's eastern flank, Romania's defence ministry said.

Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine has increased the urgency both for Nato and the European Union to speed up preparations, including the ability to quickly send reinforcements, in case of a sudden conflict with Moscow. Nato has told its members that too much red tape is hindering troop movements across Europe.


Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis is welcomed by US President Joe Biden (L) and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) as they attend the Nato 75th anniversary summit in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.  AFP
Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis is welcomed by US President Joe Biden (L) and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) as they attend the Nato 75th anniversary summit in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. AFP

The planned harmonised military mobility corridor between the three Nato and EU states was one of two such mobility corridors agreed on the sidelines of the Nato summit in Washington.

It aims "to optimise transport corridors to respond to military mobility needs by creating road and rail supply lines between the participating states, reducing peace time bureaucracy and maximising efficiency in case of emergency situations," the Romanian ministry said.


The three states could also connect their ports in the Aegean and Black seas.

Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Dimitar Glavchev arrives to speak to the press during the Nato's 75th anniversary summit in Washington, DC, on Thursday. AFP
Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Dimitar Glavchev arrives to speak to the press during the Nato's 75th anniversary summit in Washington, DC, on Thursday. AFP

Romania and Bulgaria are already a part of a joint effort with Turkey to defuse stray mines in the Black Sea.

On Thursday, the Romanian and Bulgarian defence ministers also signed a memorandum to establish a regional special operations command centre which will plan and manage the Alliance’s special operations forces in the Black Sea region.



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