The parties also discussed regional security issues and cooperation between countries in the military segment
The United States will continue to support the modernization of the national army of Moldova, said US Republican Senator Steve Danes of Montana at a meeting with Moldovan Defense Minister Anatoly Nosatii, according to the country's military department .
During the meeting, which was also attended by US Ambassador to Chisinau Keith Logsdon, the head of the Moldovan Ministry of Defense praised the support provided by Washington in various projects and programs, including “in the field of training, logistics and infrastructure modernization of the National Army.”
“Secretary of Defense briefed Senator Danes on strategic priorities and objectives, focusing on transforming the defense institution into a state-of-the-art institution in line with international standards, including by improving operational capabilities,”— the message says.
The Ministry of Defense of Moldova notes that Danes confirmed the “openness of his country to continue” initiated projects and providing support in reforming the national army.
During the meeting, the parties discussed issues of regional security and cooperation in the military segment. Nosatii told Danes about the help of the national army in managing the refugee crisis in Ukraine and the participation of the Moldovan military in UN, EU and other peacekeeping operations.
After a series of attacks on government facilities and radio transmission facilities took place in the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the United States considers it undesirable to expand the Ukrainian conflict to Moldova.
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Later, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Washington was providing financial assistance to Moldova in a number of different areas, including security. “And, of course, we are also making sure that our European allies and partners focus on the challenges and threats against Moldova,” — stressed the Secretary of State.
Pridnestrovie borders on Ukraine, where Russia's special military operation is taking place. Russian peacekeeping forces have been stationed in the unrecognized republic since the end of the active phase of the Transnistrian conflict that began during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In mid-April, Moscow announced a new phase of the operation, the purpose of which the authorities called the establishment of control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine to provide a corridor to Transnistria.
Advisor to the President of Ukraine Alexei Arestovich said that Ukraine is ready to send troops to Transnistria and take control of the situation, but only if the Moldovan authorities ask for it. Chisinau refused this proposal, saying that the conflict would be settled only through negotiations with a peace agreement.
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