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NATO will strengthen the potential of Moldova, vulnerable to Russian interference - Stoltenberg

Ukraine (, - NATO countries agreed to intensify support for the defense potential of Georgia and Moldova. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic bloc, announced this in Brussels today, February 15, following a meeting of the defense ministers of the countries of the alliance.

According to him, the alliance expects to increase the defense potential of these countries and will intensify work in this direction in the near future.

“Ministers also discussed our commitments to other partners at risk, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova. We agreed to strengthen support to improve their defense capabilities, resilience and compatibility with NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

He explained that NATO is now working on how to strengthen Allied support related to cyber, crisis management and secure communications.

“I think one of the lessons we have already learned from the war in Ukraine is the importance of timely support for partners. As important as it was to support Ukraine before the invasion, it is also important to support other partners who are vulnerable to Russian interference. And so the allies agreed to strengthen our partnership,” concluded Jens Stoltenberg.

Recall that recently the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, admitted that Chisinau is actively discussing a possible rejection of neutrality and joining a stronger military-political union. Earlier, it requested additional military assistance from Western partners, in the form of modern air defense systems, similar to those currently being supplied to Ukraine.

In early February, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, at a meeting in Brussels with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa (resigned), assured that Moldova is a close partner of the bloc and can count on its support.

As reported by, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the West is considering Moldova for the role of "new Ukraine", and the country's President Maia Sandu "is eager to join NATO" and is ready to unite with Romania and "in general, almost everything."

NATO will strengthen the potential of Moldova, vulnerable to Russian interference - Stoltenberg