November 28, 2022
[L]et me thank Romania for hosting the meeting.
And also, let me thank you, President Iohannis for your strong personal commitment to our Alliance, to NATO, at this critical time for our security.
You contribute to our shared security in many different ways.
Your troops serve in our battlegroup in Poland.
You contribute to NATO missions in Kosovo and Iraq.
And you also host a key system for NATO’s ballistic missile defence.
I also welcome your strong commitment to maintain defence spending above 2% of GDP.
Today, in our meeting we discussed security in the Black Sea region, which is of strategic importance for the whole of NATO.
We have set up new battlegroups, including the one led by France here in Romania.
Fighter jets from Canada….
And US Patriot missiles….
This sends a clear message that NATO is here.
Here in Bucharest, NATO Foreign Ministers will address ways to step up our support for Ukraine, as well as other partners facing Russian pressure – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova.