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Romania’s defense minister resigns, citing problems with the president


BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania’s Defense Minister Vasile Dincu resigned on Monday, citing difficulties in working with the country’s president, who is also the head of NATO’s armed forces.

Mr. Dincu’s resignation comes a week after controversy emerged that Ukraine’s only chance for peace would be negotiations with Russia, contrary to Romania’s official position.

Dincu, a member of the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) who has held office in the coalition government for nearly a year, said on Facebook that he had submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca.

Romania, a European Union and NATO member with a border with war-torn Ukraine, has become an increasingly important Western ally since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and organized organization of multinational combat groups and air defense systems for the 30-nation security alliance.

Dincu explained his decision to step down was necessary to avoid hindering decision-making in military programs and “not block certain projects that are really necessary for optimal function” within the defense and military departments. team.

No interim minister or successor has yet to be announced.

Marcel Ciolacu, the leader of the PSD, said on Monday that he had asked incumbent Prime Minister Ciuca, a former defense minister, to act temporarily “because Romania has an obligation to ensure stability on the eastern flank of the country.” NATO.”

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