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The Customs Service was equipped with 97 new cars

Yesterday, 97 new cars were sent to representatives of the customs offices and subdivisions of the Customs Service. Cars were purchased to replace outdated transport units. Thus, the car fleet of the Customs Service was renewed at about 50%. The total purchase cost is about 19.8 million lei, which was allocated from the state budget.

The car keys were handed over by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. During the ceremony, the head of the Executive noted that the activity of each employee of the Customs Service has a major impact on the perception of our country.

“These results are due to the reforms started in early 2016. You got higher salaries and we can afford the equipment, because the revenues to the state budget have increased. Beyond that, we also had investments made by our development partners. All these things, in their complexity, yield results,” said Pavel Filip.

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NATO Liaison Office inaugurated in Moldova

On 8 December, the new NATO Liaison Office in Moldova was inaugurated with the presence of the NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, Prime-Minister Pavel Filip, and Foreign Ministry Secretary Daniela Morari.

Before the inauguration, Deputy Secretary-General Gottemoeller and PM Filip conducted a meeting with a focus on the anniversary 25 years of diplomatic relations between Moldova and the NATO, but also on the objectives set by the Individual Partnership Action Plan Moldova-NATO for 2017-2019.

In regard to the role of the office, Filip emphasized that it would help the Government with actions of public diplomacy to explain its dialogue with the Organization. On the other side, Gottemoeller assured that the Alliance respects the neutrality of Moldova and that the Liaison Office has only civilian employees:

NATO fully respects Moldova’s neutrality, independence, and sovereignty, but neutrality does not mean that we cannot be strong partners,” the NATO Deputy Secretary-General said.

In recent years, at the invitation of the Moldovan government, NATO has worked to safely dispose of landmines and hazardous chemicals, to develop advanced medical technologies, to strengthen Moldova’s defenses against cyber-attack, and to improve governance and combat corruption.

President Igor Dodon still thinks that the opening of the NATO Office was made “in a rush” and contradicts the principle of permanent neutrality of Moldova. Moreover, when meeting Secretary Gottemoeller, he suggested NATO signs a bilateral agreement with Moldova on permanently recognizing the neutrality of the latter.

Source: gov.md

The chief officer of the NATO Office in Chișinău, Kristina Baleisyte, is already in Moldova since June 2017.

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Moldova deploys 8th contingent KFOR-8 for peacekeeping mission in Kosovo

On December 4th, the Defense Ministry of Moldova launched the deployment of the eighth contingent of the National Army in the peacekeeping mission KFOR in Kosovo. This mission, KFOR-8, is to replace the current one- KFOR-7.

The 8th contingent is formed out of 40 military soldiers: seven minesweepers and 33 soldiers that will execute missions of the security guard of the military units and missions of patrolling. The Moldovan soldiers will be part of the Multinational Battle Group-West and will be based at the Italian Camp Vilaggio in Pech, Kosovo.

The mission of KFOR-8 in Kosovo will last for 6 months.

The KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo is the result of common efforts of the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO to maintain a peaceful environment in the region.

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New monument of the “Russian warrior-peacekeeper” installed in Tiraspol

On December 1st, a monument to the “Russia’s Warrior-Peacekeeper” was erected in Tiraspol, the so-called capital of the separatist Transnistria. The inauguration was supposed to happen on the occasion of the Day of the Russian Peacekeeper, celebrated in Russia on November 25th.

The monument was created at the initiative of the head of the Operative Group of the Russian Troops (OGRT), Dmitry Zelenkov and financed by the so-called Justice Ministry of the separatist republic as a sign of gratefulness of Transnistrian people to the effort to stop the war in 1992.

The ceremony was attended by the first president of the “republic”, Igor Smirnov, the head of the Russian delegation in the Joint Control Commission (JCC) Ilya Uvarov, the head of the Transnistrian delegation in JCC Oleg Belyakov, the “justice minister” Alexandr Shevchenko, as well as Zelenkov himself.

A day before, a 5 meters tall “Arch for Peace” was installed next to the road connecting Tiraspol and Bender. The arch was installed with the help of the Russian organization “Right for Peace” and with the aim to celebrate the role of the Russian peacekeepers in the conflict settlement in Transnistria.

It is worth noting that criticizing the peacekeeping mission is penally punishable in the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic since 2016.

The 25-years old peace-keeping mission in the buffer zone is maintained by around 402 Russian troops, 492 Transnistrian soldiers, 355 Moldovan ones and 10 Ukrainian military observers at 15 checkpoints.

Besides the 402 so-called peacekeepers, Russia holds the Operative Group of the Russian Forces in the Transnistrian region of Moldova containing approximately 1200 regular soldiers, mainly recruited among locals. The Group is the new shape of the former 14th Guards Army of the Soviet Union that is illegally stationed in Transnistria after the collapse of SU.

In August 2017, the Republic of Moldova addressed the United Nations with the request to include the issue of the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping forces from Transnistria to the agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. In a letter from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN, Victor Moraru stated that the presence of Russian troops “constitutes a danger to the maintenance of international peace and security.” The subject was supposed to be discussed in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on 23 October, but the very same Moldovan Representative to the UN asked for a delay of the discussion.

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