The European Union (EU) pledged to increase military aid to Moldova, which is seen as a potential next target of Russia’s war-driven actions.
President of the European Council Charles Michel vowed to increase military aid to Moldova during a press conference in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau.
Moldova is currently dealing with the Moscow-backed separatist region of Transnistria where riots have been reported, prompting accusations that Russia will aim to destabilize Moldova and possibly involve it in its war with Ukraine.
“We will help Moldova strengthen its resilience and cope with the consequences of the spill-over from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine,” said Michel.
Michel elaborated that the increased assistance would be in addition to the EU’s previous commitments to Moldova in the areas of logistics and cyber defense.
“Here in Moldova, I witnessed your tireless efforts in welcoming around 100,000 Ukrainian refugees — the highest number per capita of all hosting countries,” Michel commended, and added that “It’s our European duty to help and increase our support to your stability, security, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.”
The Moldovan government submitted an application to join the EU on March 3, a week after Russia invaded Ukraine.
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