The Romanian Defence Minister, Gabriel Oprea, met yesterday his Moldovan counterpart, Vitalie Marinuta, who is on a two-day official visit to Romania.
According to a Defence Ministry release, during the talks, the topics discussed included re-launching bilateral military relations and finding ways to enhance and diversify them, such as constituting a joint Romanian-Moldovan battalion. The two officials argued that that the battalion initiative, put forth by Moldova, could act as a real support in stimulating relations between the two states. “We welcome the proposal to form a joint Romanian-Moldovan battalion, particularly as the Romanian army acquired valuable expertise by acting as part of the mixed Romanian-Hungarian battalion and the multinational engineering Romanian-Hungarian-Slovakian-Ukrainian ‘Tisa’ battalion,” the Romanian minister said.
Oprea also encouraged Moldova’s taking part in regional initiatives in the Balkans and the Wider Black Sea Region, especially in what concerns the South-Eastern European Defence Ministers’ Reunion (SEDM), in which Moldova may participate as an observer.
At the end of the meeting, the two ministers signed a protocol for collaboration between the two countries’ military air forces. According to the Defence Ministry, the protocol refers to the mutual exchange of information regarding flights of military aircraft in the airspace near the two countries’ border, exchange of radar information regarding air situation or granting mutual help to crews of endangered military aircraft flying in the airspace near the two countries’ border.
PM Emil Boc to visit Chisinau
Prime Minister Boc will visit Chisinau tomorrow where he and his Moldovan counterpart Vlad Filat will be handing out the first small-scale border traffic permits for Moldovan citizens living close to the Romanian border. Yesterday Prime Minister Vlad Filat reminded that the agreement on small-scale border traffic will come into force at the end of March. PM Emil Boc and PM Vlad Filat signed in December an agreement that allows the Romanian and Moldovan citizens that live within 30-50 kilometres of the common border to travel without visas, instead using a permit valid for 2-5 years. Until now the Romanian General Consulate in Chisinau has received 2,379 requests for small-scale border traffic permits, Petre Litiu, Romanian Consul in the Republic of Moldova, stated for Mediafax.