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Romania to boost military spendings over Ukraine crisis

Published on 28/04/2014

Romania will increase its defence spending by an additional $215 million (155 million euros) this year as tensions continue to rise in neighbouring Ukraine, it said on Monday.

“We will raise the defence ministry’s budget by 700 lei ($215 million dollars) this year, or 0.2 percent of national output,” said Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in a statement.

Romania, a member of NATO since 2004, had already increased its defence spending for the year from $1.9 billion to $2 billion (1.4 billion euros) in its annual budget in November.

It has strongly condemned the “annexation” of Crimea in neighbouring Ukraine by Russia.

The money will be used to modernise existing capacities, Ponta added, saying the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have okayed the move.

Romania has agreed to keep its public deficit under 2.2 percent of gross domestic product this year as part of a 4.0-billion-euro ($5.5 billion) aid deal concluded with the IMF and EU last year.

Like Poland and the Baltic States, Romania has urged NATO to strengthen its forces in Eastern Europe as the worst East-West showdown since the end of the Cold War deepens.