Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:09:33 +0000 en hourly 1 Homage to the Soldiers who Died in the Afghanistan War Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 15, 2019 — The National Army service members from all garrisons attended the events dedicated to Commemoration Day for those who died in the Afghanistan War that were organized today throughout the country.

In Chisinau, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza, together with the National Army Commanding Officer Corps, war veterans and their families, participated in the Memory March and laid flowers at “Feciorilor Patriei — sfanta amintire” Memorial from Riscani district of the capital city.

During the commemoration meeting held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary since the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the Minister of Defense stated that those who fought in the war showed courage and commitment and honored with dignity their military oath.

“On this day, in 1989, the last soldiers of the former Soviet Army drove their military vehicles across the bridge near Termez, Uzbekistan. It was a missions that was twofold difficult, because the military oath had been honored in a different part of the world, far away from their families, motherland, and homes,” said Eugen Sturza.

Minister Sturza added that the veterans’ unique experience is important until this day because they are involved in the decision-making processes of different force structures and social life aspects.

“I am grateful to you for identifying the problems you are facing and their solutions by participating in the development of social protection policies that refer to you directly. The veterans’ social protection has been and remains one of the priorities of the Government of which I am part of, but the appreciation is only yours,” mentioned Minister Sturza.

The National Army service members from other garrisons also paid tribute to the soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war within commemoration ceremonies organized by territorial-military centers and military-administrative centers, together with local and regional public authorities.

About 12,500 Moldovan citizens participated in the Afghanistan War between 1979 — 1989. 301 of them were killed, four were declared missing and 257 were injured.

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Interoperability of KFOR Contingents Tested in Kosovo Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 14, 2019 — The National Army service members from KFOR operation participated recently in the exercise “Jeweled Dagger 3” organized by the command of Multinational Battle Group-West — MNBG-W.

According to KFOR-10 commander, LTC Ion Godoroja, the training brought together about 100 Austrian, Italian, Moldovan, and Slovenian soldiers and had the objective to test the staff’s operational readiness in order to fulfill their missions in compliance with UNSCR 1244.

The source added that, according to the scenario, the National Army infantry platoon participated in missions of patrol on foot and by air, ensuring protection of the helicopter landing area, while the engineer team searched and cleared the territory of explosive objects.

NOTE: The United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 authorized a civil and military force in Kosovo, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and established the United Nations Interim Administration Mission. The resolution was adopted on June 10, 1999. Both conflicting sides adopted it later at Kumanovo treaty. Kosovo’s declaration of independence does not contradict the UNSCR 1244.

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Republic of Moldova Could Benefit from Assistance within the Professional Development Programme Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 13, 2019 — The NATO experts responsible for the implementation of the Professional Development Programme (PDP) are paying a working visit to the Republic of Moldova during February 12-15, in order to assess the opportunities for expanding this Programme in our country.

While in Chisinau, PDP Manager Marcin Koziel and Dominika Rihova met with General State Secretary, Radu Burduja and analyzed the necessities identified by the Ministry of Defense for the modernization of the defense and security sector and the supporting methods ensured by the PDP.

The officials also talked about the importance of the Programme, its format and the possibility to implement it in the Republic of Moldova.

The two experts will also meet with representatives of the Committee for national security, defense and public order, State Chancellery, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Security and Intelligence Service in order to present the Programme’s impact and benefits for countries such as Georgia and Ukraine. The activity is supported by the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau. 

The NATO Professional Development Programme for building capacities of direct assistance for the defense and security sector aims to strengthen civilian and democratic control over armed forces. The Programme has been implemented in Ukraine since 2006 and in Georgia since 2009.

The PDP refers to areas such as professional training of civilian employees of the defense and security sector; facilitating the process of development and implementation of reforms in the public sector and, especially, in the defense and security sector; familiarization and implementation of Euro-Atlantic standards; and offering Western expertise in various fields.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are the most active nations that offer assistance within the PDP.

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22 Explosive Objects Destroyed by National Army Engineers Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 13, 2019 — The National Army engineers neutralized 22 explosive objects at the National Army Military Training Base on February 12, 2019.

According to head of Engineer Service, LTC Adrian Efros, the ammunition — artillery projectiles of 100 mm caliber dating back to World War II — has been discovered by locals in the forest near Hirbovat village, Anenii Noi district.

LTC Efros specified that the mission was conducted by a team of service members of the Engineer Battalion commanded by 1st Lt. Ion Golovei. The engineers transported the explosive objects to the training area in order to destroy them under maximum security conditions.

Since the beginning of this year, the military engineers have conducted six demining missions throughout the country, disposing of 29 explosive objects of various calibers.

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Festivities for Decorating the Veterans of Afghanistan War Are Organized throughout the Country Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 12, 2019 — Ceremonies for awarding the Commemorative Cross “Participant in Combat Actions in Afghanistan (1979-1989)” are being held throughout the country, during February 8-22, 2019.

The activities are organized by the Ministry of Defense together with the local public authorities in the context of the 30th anniversary since the withdrawal of the limited contingent of soviet troops from Afghanistan.

So far, almost 2,100 veterans from Basarabeasca, Chisinau, Edinet, Floresti, Ialoveni, Orhei, and Soroca received the distinctions and identification cards. The other participants will be decorated during February, 2019.

The Commemorative Cross, drafted by the Union of Veterans of Afghanistan War of the Republic of Moldova, together with the National Committee of Heraldry, was manufactured by “Attributum” Ltd. The manufacture costs amounted to two million MDL allocated from the State Budget.

This year, over 8,500 veterans will receive the Commemorative Cross “Participant in Combat Actions in Afghanistan (1979-1989)”.

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Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Pays a Visit to Ministry of Defense Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova  

CHISINAU, February 12, 2019 — A delegation of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense led by Deputy Minister Igor Pavlovski is paying a working visit to the Republic of Moldova within February 11-12, 2019.

While in Chisinau, the Ukrainian delegation has met with Ministry of Defense officials — General State Secretary, Radu Burduja, State Secretary, Vladimir Iliev, and National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Cutie and discussed topics of mutual interest including the current stage of the bilateral military cooperation.

Other issues that have been discussed included the situation in Transnistria, the security problems faced by Eastern Europe, as well as the defense reforms of the two countries with a focus on the army’s professionalization, military staff’s training, and joint participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises.

The officials agreed on reinforcing the cooperation between the defense institutions of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine through joint programs and projects, also in the defense industry sector, that will contribute to the modernization of both armies.

The Ukrainian delegation’s agenda included visits to some National Army’s military units from Chisinau garrisons where they observed the units’ specific activities.

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Ministry of Defense – 27 Years of Activity Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 6, 2019 — A group of military and civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense received today Government Diplomas and certificates of appreciation during a ceremony organized on the occasion of the institution’s 27th anniversary.

The diplomas were awarded by Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza for activity performances and responsibility in fulfilling the military service.

Eugen Sturza congratulated the entire staff on the occasion of the anniversary and specified that all the achievements of these 27 years — since establishment until the recent reforms — are the result of the professionalism and dedication of the veterans and those constituting the team of the Ministry of Defense.

“I am certain that together we will be able to face the challenges and to finish all our projects thus building an army that makes the citizens of the Republic of Moldova proud,” said Eugen Sturza.

The Ministry of Defense was founded on February 5, 1992, by Decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova.

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The Participants in Combat Actions in Afghanistan to Receive Commemorative Cross Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 6, 2019 — Over 8,500 veterans of the Afghanistan war will receive the Commemorative Cross “Participant in Combat Actions in Afghanistan (1979-1989)”.

The distinction will be offered during ceremonies organized throughout the country on the occasion of the 30th anniversary since the withdrawal of the limited contingent of soviet troops from Afghanistan and to encourage the war veterans — participants in combat actions in Afghanistan (1979-1989).

The Commemorative Cross, drafted by the Union of Veterans of Afghanistan War of the Republic of Moldova, together with the National Committee of Heraldry, was manufactured by “Attributum” Ltd. The manufacture costs amounted to two million MDL allocated from the State Budget.

The Ministry of Defense is responsible for organizing the ceremonies and has distributed the distinctions to military-territorial centers Balti, Cahul, Causeni, Chisinau, Edinet, Hincesti, Orhei, Soroca, Straseni, Taraclia, and Ungheni.

A Committee for Organization of Commemoration Day, led by Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza, was established based on Government’s Provision No. 126-d as of October 24, 2018. The Committee, together with local and central public authorities, will organize the commemorative ceremonies dedicated to those who died in the Afghanistan War.

According to the document, a series of actions dedicated to the commemoration of those who died in the Afghanistan war will be organized during this year throughout the country. These actions include: ceremonies for decorating the veterans with the Commemorative Cross “Participant in Combat Actions in Afghanistan (1979-1989)”, meetings, concerts, religious services, installing commemorative plaques in some educational institutions, educational-patriotic lessons, meetings between conscripts and veterans, exhibitions and conferences.

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Republic of Moldova — NATO Strategic Dialogue’s Advancement Discussed in Belgium Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 5, 2019 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza met with Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), in Mons, on February 4.

The two officials talked about the advancement of the strategic dialogue between the Republic of Moldova and the allied countries and their support for the National Army’s consolidation and modernization.

The Minister of Defense referred to the institution’s medium and long term priorities that have the objective to train the professional military staff, with a focus on creating a school for training the sergeants corps, participation and organization of joint exercises with the allied and partner states in order to test interoperability, as well as intensifying contribution to global and regional security.

Gen. Scaparrotti mentioned that NATO is ready to continue to offer assistance for the defense sector’s reformation, especially for the implementation of the project aimed to enhance the weapons and ammunition management in National Army depots and the creation of the training school for the sergeants corps in compliance with international standards.

At the same time, Eugen Sturza and Gen. Scaparrotti, who is also Commander of the U.S. European Command, reviewed the Moldovan-American defense cooperation through training and assistance projects implemented both in Moldova and the USA.

Gen. Scaparrotti thanked the Republic of Moldova for its contribution to international security, as well as for the availability to organize the annual conference on the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) Evaluation and Feedback Programme, this year, in Chisinau.

While in Mons, Minister Sturza talked also with Maj. Gen. Odd Egil Pedersen, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Military Partnerships Directorate of SHAPE.

The main topics discussed during the meeting were the training and testing of National Army soldiers in compliance with the OCC, the performance of Moldovan contingents within the peacekeeping operation KFOR in Kosovo, training in NATO schools, as well as the standardization of National Army’s logistic system.

The Minister of Defense is paying an official visit to Belgium, during February 3-5, 2019.

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Republic of Moldova-NATO Partnership Discussed in Brussels Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, February 4, 2019 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza and Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, talked about the Moldovan-American strategic partnership and the prospects of the military cooperation, today, in Brussels.

The talks regarded the staff’s training in military educational institutions from the USA, participation of Moldovan and American contingents in multinational exercises, programs and projects of logistics assistance and endowment with equipment and military vehicles.

Also today, Eugen Sturza met with Deputy Chairman of NATO Military Committee, Lt. Gen. Steven M. Sherpo.

The two officials reviewed the defense cooperation between the North Atlantic Alliance and Republic of Moldova, with a focus on the joint programs and initiatives aimed to modernize and reform the National Army.

Thus, the topics discussed related to the Defense Capacity Building Initiative (DCBI), Interoperability Platform, Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC), Individual Partnership Action Plan Republic of Moldova — NATO, and Professional Development Program (PDP).

Minister Sturza specified that all these projects contributed significantly to the development and building of the national defense system and thanked the allied countries for the expertise and assistance in adjusting the sector’s legal framework and the troops’ training in compliance with international standards.

Eugen Sturza also referred to the priorities of the Ministry of Defense for 2019, including the National Army’s professionalization and the reformation of the training system of privates and sergeants corps. In this regard, the Defense Minister asked for the foreign partners’ support in achieving these goals.

Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza is paying an official visit to Brussels, Belgium, during February 3-5, 2019.

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