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60 Moldovan soldiers are participating in Platinum Eagle 18.1 military exercise in Romania

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Source: Army.md, Dumitru Vosimeric

11 February 2018- A contingent of soldiers of Moldova’s National Army is participating during February 11-17th at the international exercise “Platinum Eagle 18.1”, held at Babadag Training Centre, Romania.

60 officers, sub-officers, sergeants and soldiers from the Motorized Infantry Brigade “Dacia” (Cahul) and the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion (Chișinău) will engage into training together with troops from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine and the USA. Moldova is going to Platinum Eagle 18.1 with 12 HMMWVs and other military equipment.

The goal of the exercise is to increase the interoperability between the participant troops, maintaining the capacity of joint training, preparing for peacekeeping missions, as well as developing a regional environment favorable for military cooperation. The Moldovan troops will take part in an international group, led by American troops, and will conduct shootings, command procedures and subunit control.

In 2017, Moldova’s President Igor Dodon blocked the participation of the Moldovan National Army in Platinum Eagle 17.1. Dodon motivated the refusal to allow deployment of troops to the joint exercise “Platinum Eagle 2017” with the lack of an approved Defense Minister (Anatol Șalaru was dismissed) and lack of arguments in favor of the participation.

In 2018, Platinum Eagle unites approximately 300 soldiers from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and the United States, as part as the Black Sea Rotational Force 18 multinational exercise.

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Defense Minister Sturza: Moldova could host a joint military exercise with NATO

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Moldovan Defense Minister Eugen Sturza declared that he had talks with the North Atlantic Alliance on behalf of the organization of a joint military exercise on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. The exercise could take place at Bulboaca Training Center. The statement was made at the TV show “Fabrika” at Publika TV, IPN reports.

Eugen Sturza believes that the Bulboaca Center is becoming an ultramodern center with state-of-the-art application infrastructure and that the Moldovan participation in military exercises is massive.

Source: army.md

“The Republic of Moldova did not host exercises in 2004 and this would be an important step for the country,” the minister said.

The official says he is having talks with development partners in order to extend geographically military participation and to make Moldovan soldiers interoperable with other country’s military.

According to him, it’s necessary for Moldovan soldiers to gain experience from the states that participated in armed conflicts.

“We have no need to accumulate this experience but through our joint exercises,” the defense minister said.

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Foreign Ministry on the situation of the diplomatic missions in Germany

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German special services urged immediate evacuation of Moldova embassy after coming threats of beheading the children of Moldovan diplomats in Berlin.

It is not yet known whether there is any connection between these threats from an extremist group and the expulsion from Moldova of the seven Turkish citizens employed by the Orizont Turkish High School, given that a very important Turkish minority lives in Germany.

“The following actions announced by a group of Turkish citizens, as well as threats and possible aggressions on the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Berlin and the Consulate General in Frankfurt, at the missions’ diplomatic measures have been taken to increase security,” the Moldovan Foreign Ministry declared.

At the moment, Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovshi is in Berlin.

“During the demonstrations, the Berlin diplomatic mission temporarily ceased operations. The police forces ensure the security of the diplomatic missions,” said the press release of the Foreign Ministry.

(there will be updates)

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4 military columns moved unannounced on Dubăsari-Grigoriopol-Tiraspol road, ignoring peacekeeping observers

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Photo of the military column from last week

23 June 2018- Another serious violation was committed in the Security Zone.

In the morning of June 23rd, at 4 o’clock in the morning, at 6.30, 11.15, and 13.15 in the afternoon, four columns of military vehicles were spotted moving unannounced on the Dubăsari-Grigoriopol-Tiraspol road.

According to the press-release of the Moldovan delegation to the Joint Control Commission, approximately 11 TAB and 25 trucks (URAL, ZIL, UAZ) were moving on the road without any symbols of belonging to either the OGRT or the peacekeeping mission, with number plates missing. Moreover, the columns were accompanied by the Transnistrian “special police forces”.

The Moldovan delegation managed to gather military observers from all the peacekeeping parties around 5.30 in the Dubăsari and Grigoriopol districts (close to the Dubăsari bridge and Doroțcaia, Mălăiești villages) to document the incident. At 6.20, the OSCE Mission representatives spotted 4 URAL trucks and a military vehicle unit, observed later in Mălăiești village at 7.15.

When asked to stop, the military vehicles reportedly did not react in any way.

Previously, the Russian representatives claimed that the three military columns that moved towards the Colbasna munition deposit last week had the goal to increase security at the munition deposit in Colbasna in the wake of possible “terrorist acts and provocative actions” during the World Cup.

Contacted by Deschide.md, Moldova’s Reintegration Minister, Cristina Lesnic told that Chișinău asked OSCE to clarify what kind of vehicles were spotted, what they were transporting.


Besides the 441 “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. The Group and the Peacekeeping Mission are strongly interconnected through the rotation of troops between them, and both contain local Transnistrian men with Russian passports, despite their neutrality claims.

In 2017 and the start of 2018, experts have seen a significant increase in OGRT’s military activity.

On 22 June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by a simple majority Moldova’s resolution titled “Complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”. The resolution calls on the UN Member States to urge the Russian Federation to “complete orderly, unconditionally and without further delay the withdrawal of the Russian Operational Group of Russian Forces” (more commonly known as OGRT or OGRV), in accordance to its commitment agreed at the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit, but also the UN Charter.

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