Germany Boosts Moldova's Defense with Anti-Aircraft Systems

The Republic of Moldova will receive 14 additional Piranha-type armoured vehicles from Germany, and next year it will also acquire an anti-aircraft defence system.

This announcement was made by the German Minister of Defense, Boris Pistorius, who is currently visiting Chișinău. The German official stated that our country is experiencing the effects of the war provoked by Russia in Ukraine. In this context, the German Defense Minister affirmed his commitment that his country will support the Republic of Moldova on its European path.

"The Republic of Moldova is feeling the effects of Russia's brutal war against Ukraine. Energy costs have increased, there are attempts at Russian destabilisation, and Russian soldiers are stationed in Transnistria. Yesterday, during my visit to Ukraine, I discussed the aid that Germany will provide to Ukraine. This involves a new military aid package worth one billion euros. Germany will always support the Republic of Moldova because it is part of the European family. We have observed the steps taken towards closer integration with the EU. We support air defence and drone combat, and equipment for this purpose will most likely be delivered next year," stated Boris Pistorius.

The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Moldova, Anatolie Nosatîi, noted that Germany continues to support our country in its strategic goals of European integration, implementing democratic reforms, and strengthening defence capabilities in the regional security context.

"I am pleased that your visit coincides with the reception ceremony for the batch of assistance for the National Army, which represents another important step in modernising the institution with state-of-the-art medical equipment. The equipment displayed here today for medical personnel will significantly improve the management of emergency situations and the provision of first aid in the field. External support from partners, including Germany, is very important for the Republic of Moldova as it faces a series of challenges in defence and security and needs to increase its resilience to handle crises. Germany supports our efforts to strengthen defence within international organisations, as well as our firm commitments to European integration," stated Anatolie Nosatîi.

The National Army has been equipped with 19 Piranha-type armoured carriers, a donation from Germany. The last four Piranha-3 armoured vehicles from the assistance program of the Federal Republic of Germany were delivered to the National Army last November.

The German Ambassador to Chișinău, Margret Maria Uebber, mentioned that the supply of these vehicles aims to improve the defence capabilities of the Republic of Moldova and offers the country the possibility to contribute to international security. Germany fully respects the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova as included in its Constitution.

Moldovan-German military collaboration began in March 2003 with the signing of the inter-ministerial agreement on defence cooperation.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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