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Moldova and the European Union have signed a security and defense partnership agreement

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The Republic of Moldova and the European Union signed a security and defense partnership agreement on Tuesday. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that this would strengthen the country's resilience.

“Moldova is the first country to sign a partnership with the EU in the field of security and defense,” Borrell wrote on X. The attached photo shows the head of EU diplomacy and the prime minister Moldova Dorin Recean signing the agreement.

“This partnership will strengthen the country's resilience. It will enable a common approach to security challenges, increase the effectiveness of our engagement and allow us to discover new areas of cooperation,” Borrell wrote.

What will the partnership agreement enable?

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This step will enable the Republic of Moldova to exchange information and conduct joint military exercises, as well as to include it in the common system of arms purchases in the community bloc, the media reported earlier. According to information from Radio Europa Libera Moldova (Radio Free Europe), the document provides that Moldova will be able to participate in the crisis response mechanism as well as in EU military exercises in the future.

Other mentioned areas of cooperation include civil defense, broad exchange of information, combating cyber threats, helping Moldova promote its interests in international forums, including UN.

The document also mentions the possibility of Moldova's participation in EU projects in the field of defense industry and in joint arms purchases as a “guest”, as Moldova is currently a candidate for joining the EU.

Michel on a specific step bringing Moldova closer to the EU

During his visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Dorin Recean met, among others, the head of the European Council Charles Michel.

“We discussed Moldova's integration process and reforms on the road to the EU with Prime Minister Dorin Recean. The EU will continue to support Moldova's resilience in its fight against growing hybrid threats from Russia that aim to undermine the country's progress,” Michel wrote on Platform X.

He called the signing of the partnership “a concrete step bringing Moldova closer to the EU.” “Moldova belongs to the EU and we stand firmly next to you,” he added.

Main photo source: EPA/OLIVIER MATTHYS



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