Romania appoints third defense minister this year

Romania has its third defense minister in eight months, Balkan Insight reports. Two weeks ago, Romanian Defense Minister Adrian Tutuianu resigned over a lack of funds to pay military salaries on time in September. Bucharest has now replaced him with Mihai Fifor, who was serving as Romania’s economy minister. Fifor is taking over the defense ministry at a time in which Romania is making a major attempt to modernize its military. Bucharest is set to make the first payment for a $4 billion deal to buy seven Patriot defence systems from the U.S., and Romanian officials are debating whether to spend $1.6 billion on buying four warships over the next seven years from a naval constructor that is willing to base its activity in Romania.


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