President Igor Dodon met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Brussels.
During the discussions, the president reiterated that the constitutional status of permanent neutrality and the balanced foreign policy remain a basic priority for the leadership of the Republic of Moldova.
"The neutral status of the Republic of Moldova means not participating in military blocs, including NATO. Based on this, we want Moldova's constitutional status of permanent neutrality to be internationally recognized", said Dodon.
In return, Jens Stoltenberg mentioned that NATO fully supports and respects Moldova's constitutional neutrality and fully supports its independence and sovereignty.
"We know that Moldova has no desire to join NATO and we respect that decision entirely. We firmly believe that every nation has the right to set its own course. This includes choosing their own allies, or choosing not to align with any other countries.
But neutrality does not mean isolation, or that we cannot work together. NATO works closely with other neutral countries – such as Switzerland and Austria.
NATO is helping Moldova build strong institutions and good governance. NATO is also helping improve good governance in your armed forces. Including through a Defence Capability Building Package.
And, with NATO’s help, Moldova has now a strong professional military education system. Hundreds of Moldovan citizens obtained Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees, or followed other professional courses.
NATO is also helping Moldova improve its expertise and defence against cyber-attacks. Destroy dangerous chemicals, including banned pesticides. And develop advanced telemedicine so that first responders can get the best advice in an emergency.
This contributes to improving the lives of Moldovan citizens. Enhances Moldova’s capacity to defend itself against any attack. And helps your country be safer and more secure", said Jens Stoltenberg