May 29, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a congressional delegation to Romania on May 28, 2021, with U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly (MS-01). The EUCOM Commanding General urged the delegation to visit Romania, a critical NATO ally and important partner in our counter-Russia strategy in Europe, amidst the Defender 21 joint military exercises. In addition to bilateral meetings with Romanian military leaders, the delegation also met with U.S. military personnel conducting a rotation in Romania.
“As Russia shifts from a defensive to an offensive position in the Black Sea, it is more important than ever that we not only stand by our NATO partners, but also that we use all tools necessary to put pressure on Putin. The strength of the U.S.-Romania relationship highlights that strategy well. Romania is not only meeting their NATO defense spending commitments, but they are making long term investments in infrastructure and weapons systems that not only scare Putin, but provide a meaningful deterrent against his aggressive Black Sea bullying,” Inhofe said.
Inhofe continued, “Ahead of President Biden’s upcoming summit with President Putin, I urge him to stand firm in the face of the tyrant, Putin, and not forget the needs of our allies and partners like Romania and Ukraine, who are on the front lines fighting Russia.”
?“With President Putin’s ongoing aggressive acts, it is as important as ever for the United States to reaffirm its treaty commitments and be steadfast in support of our allies and partners. We should continue to recognize and support Romania’s right to protect its sovereignty in light of Russia’s aggressive moves in the Black Sea region. Our continued presence is clearly sought by Romania and our other regional allies and partners as a direct result of this aggression,” said Rounds.