Moldova reacted to the statement of the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Galuzin, that the rapprochement of Moldova with NATO brings it closer to a “catastrophe”. Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova Daniel Voda regarded it is like a threat and stated that Moldova is “a free country and it is our decision how to develop our country”.
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Galuzin, in an interview with the Russian propaganda resource RIA Novosti, said that “the intensification of cooperation between Chisinau and NATO countries in the military and military-technical spheres is a factor that undermines the security of Moldova itself to a greater extent.”
“As experience shows, the reckless pumping of this or that country with Western weapons or the deployment of NATO contingents on its territory does not at all add to its security and sovereignty, but, on the contrary, brings it closer to disaster. I believe that Ukraine’s sad experience from Moldovan soil is very clearly visible,” – said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Moldovan Foreign Ministry spokesman replied: “We reject the threats made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin in an interview with the Russian press on Christmas Eve.”
Voda noted that Molodova is a “peaceful and neutral state”, but “neutrality does not mean self-isolation, demilitarization or indifference to what is happening in the world.”
“We are interested in strengthening our resilience, including through NATO, the most powerful political-military alliance in the world. Our cooperation with the organization is transparent and based on well-known frameworks…” – wrote the speaker of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry.
He also noted that “we live in a complex region affected by Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine, a fact that has dramatic consequences for our country.”
“We need all the solidarity of our friends to overcome the many hybrid problems that we face. We are a free country and this is our decision how to develop our country,” Voda summed up.
- On December 19, the head of the Information and Security Service of Moldova, Alexandru Musteata, said that the Russian Federation was considering the scenario of an invasion of Moldova in early 2023.
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