The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Oleg Csule, discussed with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoané the prospects of the republic’s partnership with the North Atlantic Alliance in Brussels.
The representative of the military-political bloc expressed readiness to provide further support to Moldova “in the processes of reform and modernization based on the requests of the Moldovan authorities”. Tsulya and Geoanet also discussed topical issues on the bilateral agenda, confirming the parties’ interest in continuing the political dialogue and implementing practical cooperation programs.
“In particular, they noted the activities on approval of the new Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), implementation of NATO assistance package for strengthening the defense and security capacity of the Republic of Moldova, implementation of projects under the Science of Peace and Security Program, cooperation in combating new security threats, promotion of activities based on public diplomacy and strategic communication,” MFAEI press service reported.
NATO in Moldova will continue its work aimed at promoting the processes of reform and modernization of the national security and defense sector, the ministry said.
For his part, Mircea Geoanhe confirmed the alliance’s commitment to developing mutually beneficial cooperation with the Republic of Moldova in the spirit of the country’s neutral status. He also welcomed Moldova’s contribution to strengthening security in Europe and the participation of Moldovan servicemen in the KFOR peacekeeping operation in Kosovo.
Despite the neutral status enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, since 1994 Moldova has been cooperating with NATO within the framework of an individual partnership plan. Bloc specialists participate in the development of the national security and defense strategy of the Republic of Moldova. The alliance’s information center is also functioning in Chisinau, and in December 2017, a liaison office of the North Atlantic Military Union was opened in the Moldovan capital.
Before the 2019 parliamentary elections, the Moldovan president Igor Dodon promised that when the socialists come to power, the NATO office opened under the Democrats will be expelled from the country. To this day, however, the Alliance’s office continues to operate in the Moldovan capital. NATO experts have supported and helped Moldova reform its armed forces according to alliance standards, provided training, and implemented a number of joint scientific and environmental projects and programs to combat cyber threats and cooperate in military medicine.
The Moldovan authorities expressed their wish to continue cooperation with the military-political bloc within the IPAP in 2020-2022.