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Bilateral Meetings at NATO Summit in Warsaw

CHISINAU, July 8, 2016 — Minister of Defense Anatol Salaru met today with his counterparts from Romania and Latvia, within the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

At the meeting with Minister of National Defense of Romania, Mihnea Motoc, Anatol Salaru mentioned that Romania is one of the most important military partners of the Republic of Moldova andappreciated the strong cooperation between the National Army and the Romanian Army.

The Moldovan Defense Minister also referred to the work of the joint Moldovan-Romanian defense committee that met for the second time in spring 2016, in Bucharest. Anatol Salaru expressed his conviction that the subjects regarding bilateral cooperation, cooperation within regional initiatives and international organizations, as well as assistance and support programs will continue to be a priority for the two armies.

The Romanian official appreciated the progress registered by the Republic of Moldova in the cooperation with NATO, with a focus on the intention to open a NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau and the measures taken in the context of the Defense Capacity Building Initiative (DCBI). Mihnea Motoc reiterated Romania’s support in strengthening the military Moldovan-Romanian cooperation.

Also today, the Moldovan-Latvian defense cooperation, the geopolitical situation and the expansionist policy of the Russian Federation in the region were the main subjects discussed at the meeting of Defense Ministers Anatol Salaru and Raimond Bergmanis.

During the meeting, Anatol Salaru spoke about the Russian troops that are stationed illegally on the Moldovan territory and the necessity to replace this mission in the Eastern districts of the country with a civil UN-led mission.

The Moldovan Minister of Defense appreciated the educational support offered to the National Army by the Latvian Government and also appealed for expertise regarding strategic communication, Latvia being a model-country in this area.

Raimond Bergmanis said that his country is ready to continue to offer assistance to Moldova by training National Army soldiers in Latvian specialized institutions, as well as in the implementation of the Individual Partnership Action Plan Moldova-NATO (IPAP) and DCBI. The official also appreciated the performance of Moldovan peacekeepers in the KFOR peacekeeping operation in Kosovo. At the end of the meeting, the Ministers agreed on strengthening the military bilateral relations.

Minister of Defense Anatol Salaru is attending the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, within July 8-9, 2016, together with representatives of 28 NATO allies and partner states.

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