Europe: The European Union is in talks with several members EU to provide additional military assistance to Moldova in order to prevent the spread of war in Ukraine’s neighboring country.
This decision was announced by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during his visit to Chisinau, the capital of Eastern Europe’s Republic of Moldova.
The President of the European Council said that the EU is looking for all ways to strengthen the armed forces of Moldovan.
According to Michel, last year, the European Union provided assistance of 7 million euros for the armed forces of Moldova for medical and technical requirements and this year, the President of the European Council stated that assistance for Moldova would increase.
“We will help Moldova strengthen its resilience and deal with the consequences of the spread of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
“This year, we plan to increase our support for Moldova significantly by providing additional military equipment to its armed forces,” said Charles Michel.
According to him, the European Union will also help in the fight against disinformation and cyber-attacks in Moldova.
While recalling the last week, it is noted that several explosions took place on the territory of Moldova, in Transnistria – a Russian-controlled separatist region, which increased the threat of the conflict spreading beyond Ukraine.
Ukrainian intelligence says Russia may step up attacks in southwestern Ukraine and attack Moldova.
Moldova has seen an influx of numerous Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24, and Michel said the EU would help Chisinau “cope with the consequences of the spillover from the Russian aggression over Ukraine.
“We will continue to deepen our ties with you to bring your country closer to the EU,” Michel said.
Sandu, in response, said that Moldova has strategies in place for “pessimistic scenarios” but added that “we see no imminent risk currently.”
Ukraine has stated Russia wants to destabilize the area to create a pretext for military intervention.
Russia still deploys around 1,500 soldiers in Transdniester who are said to be guarding a huge Soviet-era arms depot.