Strengthening National Resilience: Republic of Moldova Marks 30 Years of Partnership with NATO

Dozens of international experts gathered in Chișinău for the “Building Resilience through Partnerships” conference, where they discussed topics ranging from enhancing the capabilities of the National Army to overcoming security challenges and the cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and NATO. This meeting marks three decades of collaboration between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Republic of Moldova.

In addition to addressing security challenges posed by the conflict in Ukraine, propaganda remains the number one threat to national security.

Artur Mija, Secretary-General of the Government, expressed, “Many citizens in the Republic of Moldova see the security benefits guaranteed by NATO, but fewer are in favor of Moldova potentially joining the Alliance. One of the key factors behind this perception is active and covert propaganda. This narrative has proven false and needs to be changed.”

Cosmin Dinescu, Head of the EU Mission in the Republic of Moldova, stated, “We have a specific mandate to support the Republic of Moldova in building resilience against hybrid attacks, disinformation, cyber threats, and crises. We not only provide recommendations and consultations but also engage in specific missions and commitments.”

Discussions also revolved around advancing cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


Valeriu Mija, State Secretary at the Ministry of Defense, outlined their objectives in relation to NATO: “Our first priority is defense reform, transforming the national defense and security sector. Another objective is modernizing national capabilities in security and defense. The third is developing crisis management capabilities and interoperability with partners.”

Adrian-Ion Duta, Vice President of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center, emphasized, “Based on the new National Security Strategy, we need to invest in military capabilities because tensions and confrontations between authoritarian and democratic states require a more proactive intervention.”

Stela Leuca, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, added, “We recognize that security challenges are not limited to essential defense capabilities; they also encompass environmental, energy, and demographic aspects. We need to reflect on these factors.”

The conference was organized by the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Moldova in partnership with the NATO Liaison Office, the Embassy of Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and the Ministry of Defense. This gathering served as a testament to the enduring partnership between the Republic of Moldova and NATO, commemorating 30 years of cooperation.

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