7 Feb 2023 15:47

Moldovan FM says neutrality does not provide national security

CHISINAU. Feb 7 (Interfax) - Moldova's neutral status is no longer sufficient for the provision of stability and security of the country and the region, according to Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Nicu Popescu.

"Given the instability on the Eurasian space, we can say that, regretfully, our constitutional provision on neutral status is not enough for the provision of stability in the country and the region. Hence, we need support, partnership and equipment to maintain peace and tranquility in our country," Popescu said in an interview with the Pro TV-Chisinau channel.

According to him, Moldova is cooperating in security and defense with both the EU and particular countries on a bilateral basis.

"We need to develop this cooperation and strengthen relations with NATO in order to enhance defense capacities and ensure national security. This partnership includes cybersecurity and assistance in the provision of non-lethal and lethal hardware. Any country, including those neutral, needs to be able to protect itself and maintain peace and security in its national territory," Popescu said.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu told Politico earlier that Moldova should stop being neutral and discuss the provision of national security within a military alliance.