The status of neutrality held by the Republic of Moldova necessitates the fortification of defense capabilities and the development of solutions to counter risks and threats to security in the face of the hybrid warfare waged by the Russian Federation. “Being neutral does not mean being weak in terms of security; on the contrary, you need to be stronger,” stated NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană in an interview with journalists from the Republic of Moldova during his visit to Vilnius. The official further added that in the Republic of Moldova, Russian propaganda with Soviet origins continues to be perpetuated by its inheritors.
“We have said it every time; we are fully respectful of the constitutional neutrality of the Republic of Moldova. We said it yesterday when we chaired the meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia. If a country wishes to join NATO and qualifies, we are open to discussions. If a country decides to be neutral, we respect that. Being neutral, as President Maia Sandu said with great accuracy, does not mean being weak in terms of security. On the contrary, if you are neutral, you need to be stronger. Look at Switzerland, for example, look even at Ireland, look at other countries in such situations,” declared the NATO Deputy Secretary-General.
Mircea Geoană also affirmed that NATO is an alliance to which countries around the world aspire to join. Sweden, a country that has maintained neutrality since 1812, has decided to join NATO due to the aggressive behavior of the Russian Federation.
It should be noted that at the end of the NATO Summit in Vilnius on Wednesday, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, announced that Romania will allocate a new financial contribution to NATO’s voluntary fund created for the Republic of Moldova. According to the official, the Romanian state advocated for financial support for the package of measures intended for the Republic of Moldova to enhance defense capabilities and increase resilience.
From July 11th to 12th, the NATO Summit took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Alliance leaders reached decisions that will bring Ukraine closer to NATO, reached a consensus regarding Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, and conveyed a message of support for the Republic of Moldova.