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The advancement of the Moldova-NATO strategic dialogue is now under discussion in Belgium

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Defense Minister Eugen Sturza met with General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Chief Allied Force Commander Europe (SACEUR) at Mons.

The talks between the two officials focused on advancing the strategic dialogue between the Republic of Moldova and the Allied countries as well as their support in the consolidation and modernization of the National Army.

According to a press release, the Minister of Defense referred to the medium and long-term priorities of the institution, aimed at training the staff of professional soldiers, focusing on the creation of a sergeant training school, participation and organization of joint exercises with allied and partner countries to test interoperability, and ncreasing the contribution to global and regional security.

General Scaparrotti noted that NATO is willing to continue providing assistance to reform the defense sector, in particular, to carry out the project to improve the stockpiles of ammunition and ammunition stockpiles in the National Army’s depots and to create a sergeant training school in line with international standards.

At the same time, Eugen Sturza and General Scaparrotti (who is also the Commander of the European Armed Forces Command) have reviewed the Moldovan-American collaboration on the defense dimension through training and assistance programs that run both in the Republic of Moldova and the United States.

In turn, General Scaparrotti thanked the Republic of Moldova for contributing to international security, as well as the opening of this year’s Chisinau annual conference to plan the evaluation process in line with the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC).

Moreover, Minister Sturza has also discussed with General Odd Egil Pedersen, Deputy Chief of Staff of the SHAPE Military Partnership Directorate.

These were the main topics addressed during the meeting:

  • The training and testing of the National Army militants according to the OCC
  • The performance of the Moldovan contingents in the KFOR peacekeeping operation in Kosovo
  • The training in NATO schools, and the standardization of the National Army’s logistics system

Reminder: The Minister of Defense is on an official visit to Belgium from February 3 to February 5.

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Romanian historian A. Gosu about the Moldovan crisis: “Russia has found itself on the same side of the table as Americans and Europeans”

On Friday, the Interim Government of Chisinau, formed by oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party, gave up the government invested by Parliament, led by Maia Sandu. The formation led by Vladimir Plahotniuc called for early elections and argued that the current executive is illegal, citing precisely the decisions of the Constitutional Court last week, which, not long ago, were canceled.

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Shortly after the Democratic Party announced it was withdrawing from the government, several private planes and charters for Moscow, Odessa, and London (with DPM members in them) took off from the Chisinau airport, writes Digi24.

Moldova’s Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, promised, in the first statement after the Democratic Party left, that all people guilty of the country’s crisis all these years (led by Plahotniuc) will be punished according to law.

Out of fear, the main criminal left the country “for a few days”. According to a press release, the reason is to see his family. His party’s members did not name the country in which Plahotniuc left. However, it is a well-known fact that Plahotniuc has two children living in Switzerland, where the leader of the DPM also owns a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Photo: Plahotniuc’s house in Switzerland // RISE Moldova

Plahotniuc stole $560,000,000 from the Russian banks.

Indeed, Moscow has long ago announced charges against Plahotniuc (February): Plahotniuc has organized an international criminal group with another businessman (Veaceslav Platon) in order to withdraw the money illegally. The last washed tranche – the famous Moldovan “laundromat” – was somewhere between 23,000,000,000 USD. This money – some of them – went to Romania, Latvia, England, the final destination of money being Western banks and the United States.

Plahotniuc got in trouble after he was involved in wreckage between various criminal groups close to Moscow’s power circles. He helped – including through Romania – to launder billions of dollars and ended the friendship with Russia, explained to Digi24 Armand Goşu, a former Soviet space expert.

Russia will internationally trace oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, who in the meantime, escaped the country. The information was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Moscow, according to statements made by one of the ‘ACUM’ bloc leaders, Andrei Nastase. In the name of the Democratic Party leader, there is a criminal case opened by Russian investigators.

“Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc could not stand alone in front of this” monstrous ‘coalition’,” says Gosu.

For the first time since the Crimean crisis, Russia has found itself on the same side of the table as Americans and Europeans.

Also because of Plahotniuc, on the other hand, Putin is now conquering the hearts and minds of Moldovans – an essential battle in today’s hybrid war – in which Romania lost, adds historian Armand Gosu.

Plahotniuc, with support from Bucharest, managed, in a fairly good manner, to manipulate foreign embassies for years and Western chancelleries, which gave them the illusion that Chisinau is a pro-Western regime.

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The Democratic Party of Moldova faction returns to Parliament

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Ex-PM and president of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction stated that the Democrats are coming back to parliament, though in opposition. At the same time, he claims that the Democratic Party will vote for the draft laws that will be for Moldovan citizens, even if they will come from the deputies from the new parliamentary majority, writes ZdG.

“We will be an active and constructive opposition,” Filip said in a press briefing.

At the same time, the former Minister of Education, Culture, and Research, DPM member Monica Babuc, will be proposed by the parliamentary faction of her party as vice-president of the Legislature.

Vladimir Plahotniuc, too, has published something on his Facebook page today. It is his first message from the withdrawal of the Democratic Party from the government. The leader of the Democrats announces that he is not in the country and that he no longer feels safe in Moldova.

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Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration is on official visit to the United States

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Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, announced that he is officially visiting the US, one of the first plans since the government of Maia Sandu.

“There are a few very busy days, with many official meetings in Washington,” said Nicu Popescu.

Moreover, the official declared a special moment of his visit would be meeting with the US diaspora.

On the 13th of June, Nicu Popescu presented the situation in the Republic of Moldova to 50 G7 diplomats (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America).

The presentation took place at the Foreign Ministry of France, the country holding the G7 chairmanship.

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