Mihai Popsoi: Moldova advances security and defense cooperation with the EU

Security and defense cooperation with the EU is being advanced. EU support and assistance are crucial to making Moldova more resilient and able to counter hybrid threats, strengthen cyber security, and face many other challenges. These statements were made by Deputy Prime Minister Mihai Popsoi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the 3rd meeting of the Republic of Moldova-European Union Dialogue in Chisinau.

The source confirms that the dialogue reconfirmed the commitment and mutual interest of the parties to further strengthen cooperation in the area of common foreign and security policy, in line with Moldova’s EU candidate status.

During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Mihai Popsoi stated, “We are advancing security and defense cooperation with the EU. EU support and assistance are crucial to enhance Moldova’s resilience and ability to counter hybrid threats, strengthen cyber security, and address numerous other challenges. As a candidate country, the Republic of Moldova is a willing and committed partner to further contribute to EU stabilization and crisis management efforts.” The most significant challenge currently facing the region is the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This is a pivotal moment for the international community to assist Ukraine.

In a statement, Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora asserted that the third edition of the High-Level Political and Security Dialogue confirms the intensive cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Moldova, which the EU intends to take to a new strategic level. The meeting, which took place on the heels of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, is occurring against the backdrop of the ongoing effects of this conflict, as evidenced by the repeated violations of Moldova’s airspace by Russian missiles and drones. Moldova has responded with considerable determination to the hybrid actions led by Russia and its affiliates, demonstrating remarkable resilience. It has continued to advance on its path towards the EU. The European Union will continue its comprehensive support for Moldova’s resilience, including through the EU Partnership Mission (EUPM).”


Participants welcomed the EU’s support for Moldova through the European Peace Facility. The Moldovan side expressed appreciation for the EU’s assistance and expertise in cybersecurity, hybrid threats, and countering disinformation, including through the valuable contribution of the EUPM.

The Moldova-EU political and security dialogue happens once a year. The next meeting is in Brussels in 2025.

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