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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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9 out of 12 airlines from Moldova were banned from operating in the EU skies

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Nine Moldovan airlines were included in the European Commission’s revised list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are subject to a ban on operating in the European Union (EU).

According to the European Commission information cited by Agerpres, all Moldovan air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Moldova with the exception of Air Moldova, Fly One and Aerotranscargo have been included in the list because of the lack of safety oversight by the Civil Aviation Authority of Moldova.

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Source: ec.europa.eu

All in all, 120 airlines have been banned from operating in the EU: 114 companies registered in 16 states due to lack of oversight by the airline authorities of those countries, plus six other companies due to concerns about the security of these companies: Avior Airlines (Iran), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). According to the European Commission, the EU’s list of airlines banned within the EU has become a major preventive tool, motivating countries to act before a ban is needed.

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The National Army neutralized about 400 explosive objects in 2018

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The National Army geniuses have detected and neutralized, during the year 2018, about 400 explosive objects across the country.

According to the head of the Genius Service, lieutenant-colonel Adrian Efros, the army’s geniuses executed more than 170 missions, during which they dismantled 392 ammunition.

Most explosive objects – mine bombs, different caliber artillery missiles, aviation bombs, cartridges, and hand grenades – have been discovered in the localities of the Anenii Noi, Causeni, Criuleni, Hincesti districts and in the Balti and Chisinau municipalities.

Lieutenant Colonel Efros specified that the largest amount of ammunition – 66 bombs from the thrower, a caliber of 120 mm, was discovered in November on an arable field in the village of Mingir, Hincesti district.

Explosive objects were destroyed by the detonation team of the Gendarmerie Battalion, led by platoon Eugen Axenti.

Another 33 explosive objects were detected and neutralized by military geniuses in July, in the forest near Delacău village in Anenii Noi district.

At the same time, in April, a team of geniuses, led by Lieutenant Major Ivan Cornegruta, travelled to the forest near the village of Plop-Ştiubei, Causeni district.

Following the field research, the military identified 24 explosive objects – 45 mm guns with cartridge tubes, antitank mine, and RGD-33 hand grenades.

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The new border crossing point at Palanca was put into operation

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Yesterday, the Palanca border crossing point operated jointly by customs and border guards from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine was put into operation.

Thus, persons crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border through the “Palanca-Mayaki-Udobnoie” border crossing point will be subject to a single control and the waiting time in customs will be considerably reduced.

With an investment of EUR 4.5 million from the European Union and EUR 1.68 million from the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the crossing point was built on the basis of a project implemented by the United Nations Development Program.

Citizens will not stay in line for hours, and border guards and border guards will be able to process 2 times more cars than before.

“This crossing point, built according to European standards, brings us closer to Europe and comes first to the benefit of those who will cross the border. We have managed to build modern infrastructure here. At the same time, we are talking about better working conditions for the Border and Customs Police employees,” said Pavel Filip.

In turn, President Petro Poroshenko noted the importance of joint projects and the unification of efforts in the European aspirations of the two countries.

“Today’s event is an example of unity – only by joint effort have we been able to ensure a high level of security and stability in the region,” the President of Ukraine stressed.

Currently, joint control is applied at six crossing points: “Criva-Mamaliga”, “Larga-Kelmen”, “Briceni-Rossoşan”, “Giurgiulesti-Reni”, “Cuciurgan-Pervomaisc” and “Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe”.

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