Moldova’s envoy to NATO: Moldova should use the doors the Alliance has left opened behind
Moldovan envoy to NATO Mihai Gribincea said in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the relations between Moldova and NATO are ascending. He emphasized that the election of the President was a “very positive sign.”
“The openness we have now compared to the attitude we have previously had is welcomed here,” Mihai Gribincea said.
According to him, the national authorities do not see Moldova’s neutrality statute as a barrier in the co-operation relations with NATO. In September 2012 Moldova will take part at the “28+Republic of Moldova” reunion where the country’s achievements within their partnership will be assessed. Moldovan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Popov will represent the country at the event where he is about to have talks with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Dirk Brengelmann, as well as with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.
“We expect from these meetings new opportunity openings, especially in terms of cybernetic and scientific co-operation,” Mr. Gribincea said.
The Moldovan official pointed out that NATO goes through a reformation process. According to him, the military organization is paying more attention to the anti-missiles defense system, so-called “Smart Defense.”
“I think Moldova has real chances to join this process and take advantage of the open door the Alliance has left behind,” Moldova’s envoy to NATO said.
The relations between Moldova and NATO have been established in 1992. The country joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in 1997). Relations expanded in 1994 when the Republic of Moldova joined the Partnership for Peace Programme.