BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- President Traian Basescu says that Romania will increase its troop levels in Afghanistan to 1,800 from 1,073 by September.
Basescu says the extra troops will increase security for Romanian troops already in the country. He says the decision was made last month at a high-level defense meeting.
The Romanian leader spoke Thursday before traveling to Prague for a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama. Obama will be joined by leaders from 11 Central and Eastern European nations worried about Russia's post-communist influence.
Moscow has voiced concern about the prospects of a revamped U.S. missile project, including a planned facility in Romania.