Bulgaria, Romania Sign NATO Air Policing Agreement

The Defense Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania, Anyu Angelov and Corneliu Dobritoiu, in Sofia, September 4, 2012

From Sofia News Agency:  The Defense Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania, Gen. Anyu Angelov and Gen. Corneliu Dobritoiu, met in Sofia Tuesday for the singing of a Bulgarian-Romanian agreement under NATO’s Air Policing program.

The document was inked by the commanders-in-chief of the air forces of Bulgaria and Romania, Maj. Gen. Kostantin Popov and Lt. Gen. Fanica Carnu.

"The signing of the technical agreement is an expression of the will of our two nations to guarantee with joint resources the protection of the air space at NATO’s southeastern flank, and to pool their resources for the better protection of their citizens," Bulgarian Defense Minister Angelov declared after the signing of the Air Policing deal with Romania.

The document defines the rules for transborder Air Policing operations of the on-duty aircraft of Bulgaria and Romania and each other’s air space, and procedures for coordination and safety. . . .

The Air Policing agreement with Romania is Bulgaria’s second, after it signed an Air Policing deal with Greece at the end of 2010.  (photo: BGNES)

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