Ministry of Defence
A Mi-17 military transportation helicopter crashed on Monday evening near Krumovo air force base close to Plovdiv in central Bulgaria, killing both pilots, Captain Plamen Panteleev, 48, and Captain Stoyan Nedelchev, 45.
A third person on board, engineering officer Alexei Kamenov, survived the crash and was severely injured, but managed to crawl out of the wreck.
AGERPRES special correspondent Florentina Peia reports: President Klaus Iohannis announced on Friday having decided to call a special meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) for talks on the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels.
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said Tuesday that he had sent to President Iohannis for information a memorandum on starting an analysis of the timeliness to relocate Romania's Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Moldova's Security and Intelligence Service, SIS, told BIRN that it has identified 62 persons from the country as taking part in mercenary activities in Ukraine since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and in the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces.
The head of Romania's Military Police Service, Colonel Constantine - Christian Savu, is on a three-day official visit to Bulgaria. The visit is at the invitation of the director of Bulgaria's Military Police Service Brigadier General Borislav Sertov, the Ministry of Defence announced on 17th of April.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has ordered the establishment of an e-Government steering committee under a decision published on Monday in the Official Journal.
Former Prime Minister Petre Roman came out to say that the request of Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar to start criminal investigation against him in the December 1989 Revolution case is "outrageous" and "extremely surprising", arguing that in the respective period he had no capacity whatsoever to be able to influence military actions.
Romania is ranked first in NATO in terms of equipment expenditure as a share of defence expenditure, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's 2017 annual report, according to country's Ministry of Defence (MApN).