To protect NATO's eastern flank, more allied troops, pre-deployed weapons and detailed battle plans are needed.
This was stated by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday before a two-day meeting with NATO foreign ministers in Bucharest, Stars and Stripes reports.
Iohannis, who is hosting a meeting of NATO ministers in the Romanian capital, told reporters that Russia's war against Ukraine required "much more concrete and bold" decisions to strengthen the security of his country and other countries in the region.
Allies have already taken numerous steps to do so since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. Among those measures: new NATO multinational battle groups and additional US rotational companies, including the deployment of the 101st Airborne in Romania. But Iohannis said these initiatives are not enough.
According to him, the allies need to implement the ideas of the new strategic concept of NATO, presented at the beginning of this year.
It includes updating the defense plans, which link the national forces of the Allies for defensive purposes.
Iohannis said that these plans need to be finalized so that "we don't make these decisions at the last possible moment."
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that the allies in Bucharest are ready to provide additional assistance to the Ukrainian military, which has already received billions in arms from the United States and other allies this year.
He said the allies would also consider ways to increase support for other partners facing Russian pressure, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova.