NATO is going to open its first office in Moldova. Moldova, a former Soviet republic is a militarily neutral country.
The constitution of Moldova, ever since the country had its independence from the Soviet Russia, remains militarily neutral.
The NATO office in Moldova will not change the neutrality of the constitution, both NATO and the government of Moldova confirmed.
The move to open a NATO office in Moldova came to light after the Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip met the NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.
The current Prime Minister of Moldova Mr. Filip is known as pro-western while the President Mr. Igor Dodon known as pro-Russian.
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The Prime Minister of Moldova Mr. Pavel Filip said, in spite of the military neutrality of the constitution, his government wants to strengthen relations with NATO.
NATO chief Mr. Jens Stoltenberg said Moldova can be resilient to exterior threats only by implementing reforms and modernizing the country.
“Today we discussed how NATO and Moldova can build on our achievements,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. He also announced the inauguration of the new NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau in December, calling it “another step forward in our partnership.”
The NATO liaison office in Moldova will be a diplomatic institution, not a military one. The liaison office will be staffed by civilian officials.
But the Socialist opposition party of Moldova has vehemently opposed the move to set NATO liaison office Chisinau.
The relations between the Prime Minister and the President is also reported to be rocky. The President of Moldova Mr. Igor Dodon blocked the appointment of Defense Minister Mr. Eugen Sturza for ten months.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Moldova Mr. Pavel Filip is reported as an ambitious man as he plans to modernize the country’s military for the first time since the country earned independence from the Soviet Union in 1992.
The military budget for the military in Moldova, however, remains one of the lowest in the world. The county barely spends 0.5 percent of total GDP for military purposes.