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A NATO office will be opened in Moldova

An office of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization will be opened this autumn at Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The representation will have specialists from different states who will advise and support the Moldovan army to implement the NATO standards and to cooperate with the NATO members.

The announcement was made on Thursday, August 20th, at Bucharest, at a meeting between Moldova’s and Romania’s Ministers of Defense, Anatol Salaru and Mircea Dusa.

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“This office will employ experts from different countries, including Romania, which will have to help Moldova to prepare and adapt to NATO’s standards. The office will be opened in September or October. Moldova is a partner of NATO and thus, it is important to found a joint peace-keeping battalion in Iasi”, told the Romanian Minister Dusa.

Furthermore, Salaru declared that “Moldova is in a area of insecurity, warned by the Eastern danger” and that “it needs Romania’s support in the reform of the National Army, to improve the defense capacity”.

He confirmed that Moldova’s long term goal is to become a NATO member, even if the Constitution states the neutrality of the Republic. 

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Russian press laughs at Dodon after CIS summit: Nobody talks to him

President Igor Dodon’s actions at the CIS Summit in Dushanbe are ridiculed by journalists from the well-known Kommersant publication, which mentions in an article that Dodon isn’t taken into consideration by anyone but suggests that despite this, Igor Dodon tries to be seen among the leaders.

Vladimir Putin and Igor Dodon at the CSI summit / Photo: Igor Dodon / FB

“It is clear that the ambitions of some presidents have not been exhausted and the three prize-winners (the presidents of Russia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan n.red) are endorsed by Moldovan President Igor Dodon, who, in fact, can not anybody else.”

Reminder: The summit of the CIS states heads took place in Dushanbe between September 27-28. Igor Dodon published several photos along with the leaders of the member states and also gave a speech on the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova and the commercial relations.

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Amnesty International: “It’s reported that other 48 Turkish nationals could be expelled from Moldova”

In a brief invasion of the Balkan Insight portal, Amnesty International Moldova (AIM) Director Cristina Pereteatcu said minimum 48 other Turkish residents on the territory of Moldova could be exposed to a similar expulsion/deportation operation in unlawful conditions in Turkey.

These could be people on the “black list,” people that are not only from Orizont high school, but carry out other activities in Moldova, such as businessmen – all people of Turkish nationality who aren’t pleased with the Erdogan regime.

Reminder: On September 6th, SIS announced that several foreign citizens, suspected of ties with an Islamist group (with indications of acting illegally in several countries), have been declared undesirable by the competent authorities and expelled from the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

Turkish president Recep Erdogan (Left) and his Moldovan counterpart, Igor Dodon met briefly on Attaturk Istanbul`s airport on March 18, 2018. Photo: Igor Dodon Facebook page

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National Army Special Forces militants are currently training in Romania

Moldovan, Romanian and Georgian militants are currently training in the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET), held in Romania, between September 16-30.

According to the exercise summary, officers and non-commissioned officers of the National Army, together with the Military of the Special Forces of the Romanian Army and Georgia, perform firing and parachutes at different heights.

The National Army soldiers participate in JCET since 2009, and the training is aimed at developing capabilities, joint training skills and exchange of experience in the field.

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