Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană underlined NATO’s determination to continue supporting the Republic of Moldova in an address to the participants of the international conference focused on “Developing NATO Partnerships in a Changing Security Environment” taking place in Chișinău on Thursday (8 December 2022).
Referring to Russia’s war against Ukraine as the “biggest challenge to our security in decades,” the Deputy Secretary General spoke about NATO’s ongoing efforts to support Ukraine, protect allies and support partners under Russia’s pressure, including Moldova. “One of the lessons from Ukraine’s heroic resistance against Russia’s invasion is that our support to partners makes a difference. And that more needs to be done to support other partners facing Russian pressure”, he said.
The Deputy Secretary General also highlighted that, at the NATO Ministerial meeting in Bucharest, Allies discussed NATO’s tailored support for Moldova, including additional support on capacity-building, reforms, and training to improve security and defence institutions. Moldova was represented at the meeting by Minister Nicu Popescu – the first time that a Foreign Minister of Moldova participated in a NATO ministerial.
“In the current security context, our partnership is even more important”, Mr. Geoană concluded. “Because our partnership helps make you safer, which in turn, makes us all more secure – today and for generations to come.”