Romania’s Defence Minister meets Moldovan counterpart, announces that NATO will open office in Chisinau

An office of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will open this autumn in Chisinau, Moldova, to provide support for Moldova’s Euro-Atlantic integration and achieve interoperability between the Moldovan and NATO armed forces, Romania’s Defence Minister Mircea Dusa (photo R) said Thursday after a meeting at the ministry’s headquarters with his Moldovan counterpart Anatol Salaru.
Dusa added that later on a joint Moldovan-Romanian peace-keeping battalion will follow.
He said Romania will have a representative at the office and five-six defence specialists as advisers to be seconded to Chisinau to help Moldova adjust its military planning and structuring legislation and documents to live up to NATO and EU standards.
“The office, where defence specialists from various countries, Romania included, will work, will be designed to prepare integration up to NATO standards and the restructuring of the Moldovan armed forces. I hope that will happen very soon. The office will open and I hope that this September-October, it will become operational and the Romanian Defence Ministry will be of real support to the Defence Ministry of Moldova when the documents are drawn up. (…) Our demarches are in support of Moldova’s Euro-Atlantic journey. (…) Moldova is a NATO partner state and it is important for us to set up a joint Romanian-Moldovan peace-keeping battalion headquartered in Iasi, Romania,” said Dusa.
Dusa on Thursday welcomed his Moldovan counterpart Anatol Salaru to discuss the latest security developments in the region as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, as well as bilateral cooperation between the two national defence ministries.

Dusa: Not all steps taken yet to implement Minsk peace agreements

Minister of National Defence Mircea Dusa said on Thursday, after a meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Anatol Salaru, that the security situation in the region of Ukraine is special and that not all the steps to implement the Minsk peace agreements have been taken yet.
Dusa underscored that issues related to the Ukraine crisis and the extended Black Sea region need to be settled according to international law, and that the implementation of the Minsk package of measures must be sped up, because an efficient and viable solution can be reached only through dialogue and by way of diplomacy.
“Another point on the agenda of talks [with Anatol Salaru] was bilateral cooperation between the two ministries. based on the defence agreements Romania has in force with the Republic of Moldova. When we speak about cooperation between the two forces, we speak about the support Romania provides Moldova on the elements related to the latter’s Euro-Atlantic path. In this regard, we constantly moved for the Romanian troops to provide support such as to facilitate the Moldovan Army’s structuring according to NATO standards. (…) Moldovan and Romanian troops participated in joint training exercises. Of course, preparedness is also given by the technical and material support that we offered for these drills that result in the troops’ professionalization,” Dusa said, according to Agerpres.
According to him, the decision was reached to reactivate the joint commissions of the two Defence Ministries, and have them meet regularly in the Republic of Moldova and Romania for the best possible cooperation and for supporting the Euro-Atlantic path of Chisinau.
Mircea Dusa mentioned that the Moldovan counterpart had asked for beefed up cooperation on military intelligence.

Moldova’s Selaru says his country has two major strategic partners: Romania and the U.S., as well as the EU

Moldovan Defence Minister Anatol Salaru said in his turn that his country has two major strategic partners: Romania and the U.S., as well as the EU.
“Whenever we needed it, the Romanian state extended us a helping hand. After a period of political uncertainty in Chisinau (…) we devised today an activity plan for longer term cooperation than so far. I hope that in the next four years I’ll be Minister Dusa’s partner of discussion, negotiation and cooperation. Thank you for your support. The Republic of Moldova is in an area of uncertainty, an area that is under threat from the East and we need Romania’s support more than ever, to rebuild the Army, to reform the Army and strengthen our defence capacity,” Salaru said, adding that the new joint commission will meet this September in Chisinau.

The Minsk II peace agreements signed in mid-February led to a cease-fire taking effect in the combat zone, which is generally observed and helped quell the conflict, although clashes that result in casualties occur almost on a daily basis.

Foreign Minister Aurescu: New Moldovan Government opens way to speeding up bilateral projects

Stepping up all-level dialogue is a must for further ensuring rhythm and consistency in the proceedings of the bilateral concrete cooperation agenda, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescuaurescu-salaru said on Thursday, upon receiving the Moldovan Defence Minister Anatolie Salaru, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a release.
“Bogdan Aurescu hailed the fact that the first visit of the newly appointed Defence Minister of the Republic of Moldova takes place in Bucharest. The Romanian head of diplomacy said that the setting up of the new Government in Chisinau, based on a pro-European majority, opens the perspective of speeding up the bilateral projects, in particular those with strategic relevance to connecting the Republic of Moldova to the European space. In this respect, the dialogue’s enhancement at all levels is necessary to further ensure rhythm and consistency to unfolding the concrete cooperation agenda on a bilateral plan. The Romanian minister also emphasized the importance of continuing the reform process and enforcing the Free Trade and Association Agreement,” the MAE release sent to Agerpres adds.
According to the source, Aurescu highlighted the continuous support given by Romania to the Republic of Moldova’s European path, as well as to the wider process of state modernization, including the defence.
“The effort of the Chisinau authorities to reform the security sector benefits, with this year, from the assistance offered by the Euro-Atlantic partners, within the NATO Initiative on the consolidation of defence capacities, an objective actively supported at diplomatic level by Romania even before the NATO Summit in Great Britain and to which Romania will contribute with an expert, in a first stage,” the MAE release recalls.
Minister Aurescu assured in this respect the active support from Romania to the development of the dialogue and cooperation of the Republic of Moldova with the NATO, including the outlooks of opening a NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau. Likewise, he stressed the significant financial support given by our country, as a nation-leader, to the NATO Volunteer Fund for the pesticides’ destroying in the Republic of Moldova.
Minister Anatolie Salaru has presented his tenure’s priorities and main action directions in connection with the reform of the defence sector of the Republic of Moldova and thanked for the continuous, consistent support offered by Romania in all fields, the MAE stated.
The two officials have also analysed the prospects of the Transnistria file, as well as the regional security evolutions and their implications for the Republic of Moldova.

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