Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:06:26 +0000 en hourly 1 Army’s Medical Staff Celebrates Professional Day Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 15, 2018 — The Medical Staff and Pharmacists’ Day was celebrated today at the Ministry of Defense during a ceremony attended by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the National Army General Staff.

On this occasion, Minister Eugen Sturza congratulated the military and civilian medical staff and awarded National Army medals and honor diplomas to a group of employees of the defense institution’s medical facilities.

Eugen Sturza thanked the doctors, nurses, and all those who work in the army’s hospitals, medical centers, and military units for conducting their activity with responsibility and care for the patients.

“You have a very noble profession, a profession representing a challenge that many of us would not be able to face. Because, from my point of view, nothing is more valuable than a person’s health and life and you are chosen to guard our health and sometimes to perform miracles”, said the Minister of Defense.

About 300 health care employees are serving in the National Army.

The Medical staff and Pharmacists Day was established by Presidential Decree in 1994 and is celebrated every year, on the third Sunday of June.

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Service Members Study the Secure Transportation of Ammunition Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 14, 2018 — The National Army Weapons and Ammunition Center (WAC) organized a training course on ammunition transportation under security conditions, within June 4-14, 2018.

According to chief of WAC, LTC Grigore Rata, the activity was organized with the support of OSCE Mission to Moldova and had the objective to familiarize the participants with the practices, policies, and procedures of organizing and conducting the transportation of dangerous goods, including ammunition.

The source mentioned that the participants learned the best national and international practices from military instructors of the National Army who were assisted by a group of experts from Germany and the Swiss Confederation.

The 12 graduates received their diplomas today during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Defense. The ceremony was attended by General State Secretary Radu Burduja, representatives of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Embassy of Germany in our country, and Armed Forces of the Swiss Confederation.

Radu Burduja stated that for the Ministry of Defense the safety and security during transportation of dangerous goods, especially ammunition is very important and this requirement can be met only by specialists trained in compliance with the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.

Thus, Radu Burduja thanked the OSCE Mission to Moldova and the partner countries — Switzerland and Germany for the support in conducting this course and implementing the Comprehensive Programme on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition, signed on October 28, 2010.

The training course on ammunition transportation under security conditions was attended by 11 National Army service members and a representative of the Security and Intelligence Service and was held at the Weapons and Ammunition Center within June 4-14, 2018. The National Army undertook the responsibility from Switzerland to conduct the future trainings in this area.

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National Army Military Donate Blood Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 14, 2018 — Over 300 National Army soldiers donated blood within the campaign organized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the National Center for Blood Transfusion on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day.

According to head of the Military Medical Service, LTC Sergiu Cirlan, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza, together with 50 students from the Military Academy of Armed Forces “Alexandru cel Bun” and 20 service members from “Stefan cel Mare” Brigade and Anti-Air Missile Regiment, voluntarily donated blood at the blood collecting center from “Stefan cel Mare” Park in Chisinau, on June 14. Other 50 service members from “Dacia” Brigade donated blood in Cahul.

The source added that, on June 12, almost 200 soldiers from “Moldova” Brigade and 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion donated blood at the blood collecting centers from Balti city.

In April 2018, the Ministry of Defense, together with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the National Center for Blood Transfusion organized the campaign “O cale spre viata” (A path towards life) aimed to encourage the society to donate blood for saving lives. About 500 service members from “Moldova”, “Stefan cel Mare”, and “Dacia” Brigades, Anti-air Missile Regiment, Artillery Unit from Ungheni, Military Compound 142, and students of the Military Academy “Alexandru cel Bun” donated blood during this campaign.

The World Health Organization decided to dedicate a special day to blood donors in 2005. Thus, June 14 was declared World Blood Donor Day.

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Minister of Defense Decorates the Peacekeepers who Returned from Kosovo Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 14, 2018 — The eighth National Army contingent deployed to KFOR operation has returned to the Republic of Moldova. On this occasion, the Ministry of Defense organized a ceremony during which the peacekeepers received Government Diplomas and National Army medals. The event was attended by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff and the families of KFOR contingent’s military.

Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza stated that the 41 officers and NCOs fulfilled their peacekeeping missions with honor, responsibility, and professionalism and said that this appreciation was mentioned by the KFOR Command and NATO officials who believe that the Moldovan soldiers are well-trained, interoperable, and able to fulfill various types of missions.

“I am convinced that the experience gained in Kosovo is very valuable for you and for the entire army. That is why I ask you to use it during your service, day by day in military units and command positions and, by working together, we will move forward, reform the army, and maintain the citizen’s trust in our country’s defense institution”, said Eugen Sturza.

The KFOR 8 contingent has been in Kosovo for six months and consisted of 41 service members, out of whom one staff officer, seven EOD engineers and a platoon of 33 service members. They carried out missions of security, patrol, and engineer missions.

The eighth National Army contingent ended its mission in Kosovo on Monday, June 11, 2018 and was replaced by another contingent of 41 Moldovan service members commanded by LTC Veaceslav Balan. The transfer of authority ceremony took place at “Camp Villaggio Italia” multinational base.

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Army’s Special Forces Conduct Parachute Jumps Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 13, 2018 — The service members from the National Army Special Forces and Special Operations Forces of the Romanian Army carried out parachute jumps at “Decebal” Air Base from Marculesti. The action is part of the exercise “JCET 2018” that is conducted at the National Army military training base within June 1-30, 2018.

According to Maj. Constantin Cisleanu from Special Forces Battalion “Fulger”, the paratroops carried out jumps at the altitude of 400 m from the military aircraft C-27J, using the parachute systems that are part of their equipment.

Over 70 officers and NCOs from the National Army Special Forces Battalion and service members of the Special Operations Battalion “Baneasa-Otopeni” participated in the jumps. The activity is part of the Combat readiness plan for 2018.

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Moldovan-Ukrainian Defense Dialogue Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 12, 2018 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza participated in official talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, in Odessa, on June 11, 2018.

Eugen Sturza and Stepan Poltorak assessed the regional situation with a focus on the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the increased number of military exercises in Transnistria.

The two officials talked about Ukraine’s experience in counteracting hybrid threats and the experience obtained while defending its sovereignty in the Eastern regions.

The Defense Ministers analyzed the cooperation opportunities in the technical-military area and the opportunities for exchanging information about regional security threats.

At the end of the meeting, the officials agreed on strengthening the Moldovan-Ukrainian defense cooperation by focusing on joint exercises and training that will benefit both armies.

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Integrity in Peace Support Operations Studied by National Army Service Members Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 12, 2018 — The General Inspection Directorate is organizing the training course “Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations” within June 12-15, 2018. The course is attended by service members from the Ministry of Defense, General Staff, and National Army units.

According to chief of the General Inspection Directorate, Col. Victor Pirtina, during this period, the 30 participants will study basic notions about personal and professional integrity and NATO’s anticorruption efforts within the current peacekeeping missions.

The source specified that the training is based on practical aspects consisting of scenarios that require the application of the gathered knowledge and is held by a team of NATO experts.

Col. Pirtina mentioned that the course’s objective is to train the staff on identifying and preventing potential corruption acts that could negatively affect the international peacekeeping missions.

The course “Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations” is part of NATO’s actions aimed to facilitate the understanding of corruption risks, their impact on defense institutions, and identification of practical actions oriented towards building integrity, increasing transparency, and improving responsibility in the defense sector.

The activity is part of the NATO Building Integrity Program in the defense and security sector and is organized for the second time in Chisinau with the support of NATO International Secretariat.

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Eugen Sturza and Stepan Poltorak Meet in Odessa Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 11, 2018 — Today, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, in Odessa.

The two Ministers will talk about the Moldovan-Ukrainian defense cooperation, the region’s security challenges, and the political situation in Eastern Europe.

Eugen Sturza is paying a visit to Odessa at the invitation of the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak.

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National Army Sends a New Peacekeeping Contingent to Kosovo Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, June 8, 2018 — The deployment ceremony of the National Army contingent to KFOR peacekeeping operation in Kosovo was held today at the Ministry of Defense. The event was attended by ambassadors, defense attaches, and peacekeepers’ relatives.

Chief of Defense Staff of Italy, General Claudio Graziano, who is paying a visit to our country for the first time, stated that Italy welcomes the current Moldovan contribution to peace stabilization in the Balkans, within the KFOR Italian-led Multinational Battle Group — West.

“The hard and successful work in KFOR will strengthen the image and the international standing of Moldova, opening the way to new possible common missions”, said Gen. Graziano.

Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza thanked the Italian and American partners for the ensuring the training, deployment, and logistics for the Moldovan service members in the theatre of operations.

The Minister of Defense expressed his conviction that the 41 peacekeepers will fulfill their mission with honor and dedication, as they have done at home and during external operations — in UN, EU, OSCE, and NATO missions.

“I believe that you will be able to be good ambassadors of our country in Kosovo and will make us proud of your performance”, said Eugen Sturza.

The ninth National Army contingent, that will leave for Kosovo on Saturday, June 9, consists of 41 service members, out of which one staff officer, 7 engineers, and a platoon of 33 soldiers that will carry out security, guard and patrol missions.

The Moldovan service members will be stationed in Camp Villaggio Italia in Pech village, Kosovo. Their mission in Kosovo will last six months.

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Chief of Defense Staff of Italy Pays His First Visit to Moldova (video) Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova

CHISINAU, June 8, 2018 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza met today with Chief of Defense Staff of Italy, General Claudio Graziano. The military official is paying his first visit to the Republic of Moldova at the invitation of National Army Commander, Brigadier Gen. Igor Cutie, within June 8-9, 2018.

The officials talked about the regional security and the Moldovan-Italian defense cooperation.

Eugen Sturza presented Gen. Graziano the institution’s priorities and informed him about the projects started in the framework of the defense reformation that has the objective to modernize the National Army.

The Minister of Defense also thanked the Italian Government for the military equipment and vehicles donated at the beginning of this year and for training the National Army military and public servants in Italian educational institutions.

The Minister of Defense appreciated the Italian financial contribution within the PfP/NATO Project on the disposal of pesticides in the Republic of Moldova as well.

Also today, Gen. Claudio Graziano met with his counterpart, Brigadier Gen. Igor Cutie.

Gen. Cutie informed the Italian Chief of Defense about the National Army’s objectives, with a focus on developing the military capabilities, the National Army’s professionalization, as well as the participation in external operations. Gen. Cutie appreciated the Italian Army’s support for the Moldovan service members who are deployed in KFOR mission in Kosovo.

Gen. Graziano mentioned that, during their mission, the Moldovan peacekeepers proved that they are well-trained and their performance has been appreciated by the Italian General Officers who have alternated as Commanders of the KFOR mission.

At the end of the meeting, the two officials reiterated the mutual interest for expanding and strengthening the cooperation between the Army of the Republic of Moldova and the Army of Italy.

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