Regarding the article published by the portal Russian.rt.com on Monday, August 7, 2017 that was taken over by other media institutions: “Forțele Navale ale SUA caută un antreprenor pentru executarea lucrărilor de construcţie pe teritoriul bazei de antrenament a Armatei Naţionale a Moldovei din satul Bulboaca” (US Navy searches a building contractor to conduct works on the territory of National Army training base in Bulboaca village), the Ministry of Defense would like to specify the following:
In 2012, the Republic of Moldova was accepted as partner within the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The announcement was made by the officials from the US Department of State and US Department of Defense during the meeting with the former Minister of Defense, Vitalie Marinuta, who was paying a working visit to Washington, in August, 2012.
Within the GPOI, the Ministry of Defense benefits from a grant of 1.6 million USD that are used for the modernization of infrastructure of Bulboaca Military training base, thus allowing the training of National Army service members for participation in UN peacekeeping missions. These activities are not connected with NATO and do not affect the neutrality of the country, as suggested in the article. Through press-releases, the Ministry of Defense has been constantly informing the public opinion regarding the grant offered within GPOI.
GPOI is an initiative of the United Stated of America, funded by the US Government through foreign assistance programs that aims to enhance the capabilities of ensuring regional and international security. The assistance is intended for partner countries in order to train peacekeeping contingents deployed to foreign UN peacekeeping missions.
The National Army has been participating in international peacekeeping missions since 1997, with a total of almost 300 officers and NCOs in Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo.