NATO member Romania voiced concern on Wednesday over increased Russian military activity in the Black Sea which it borders and said strengthening European defence would be a major theme when it assumes the rotating European Union presidency in January.
"The situation has changed dramatically in the last year," he said.
Romania is one of the European NATO states along with Poland that has ramped up defence spending, as the alliance seeks to deter Russia and undergo modernisation.
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu told the conference that strengthening cybersecurity and addressing hybrid warfare threats from Russia would also be an additional focal point during Romania's presidency of the EU.
Speaking to Reuters later, Fifor said the Bucharest government planned to unveil two more major military procurement programmes before year's end, augmenting already announced plans to buy new fighter jets and other equipment.
He said Romania had met the NATO defence spending target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the past two years and would continue spending at that level for a decade.
He gave no details on what type of acquisitions would be involved in the two procurement programmes.
Earlier this year, Romania signed up to buy Patriot missile defence systems as part of an integrated air defence system. It also hosts a U.S. ballistic missile defence station and has contributed troops to U.S.-led and NATO campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(With inputs from agencies.)