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Posted by: Vasile Cojocari

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05 Feb. 2019 / 17:26

The themes approached by Eugen Sturza with Allied Force Commander of Europe, Curtis Michael Scaparrotti

The preparation and testing of the National Army troops according to the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC), the performance of the Moldovan contingents in the KFOR peacekeeping operation in Kosovo, the training in NATO schools, and the standardization of the National Army's logistics system were the main topics addressed during the Minister's meeting Defense, Eugen Sturza, who met yesterday at Mons, with the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe (SACEUR) Curtis Michael Scaparrotti. According to the minister, at the end of this year, an annual conference will be organized in Chisinau to plan the evaluation process in line with the Operational Capabilities Concept, reports Radio Moldova News.

"We had a very good conversation with Mr. Scaparrotti, he being the Commander of the European Armed Forces Command in the USA. I thanked him for the many projects implemented in the Republic of Moldova and for the support given to the development of the defense sector. We have agreed to extend the projects specifically to ammunition depots. In particular, the remediation of these ammunition depots. Now we are at the stage of completing the reconstruction of the largest ammunition depot in Moldova, we are going to expand this project. We also discussed joint exercises with partner countries. We want and work to host an international exercise in the Republic of Moldova," said Minister Eugen Sturza.

In turn, General Scaparrotti thanked the Republic of Moldova for contributing to international security. At the beginning of the visit, the Defense Minister Eugen Sturza met with NATO Headquarters officials in Brussels where he discussed the Defense Capabilities Initiative and other topics on advancing the strategic dialogue between the Republic of Moldova and the Allied countries and their support for strengthening and modernization of the National Army.

"We have begun a meeting with the United States Ambassador to NATO, Mrs. Kay Bailey Hutchison. We have discussed several initiatives that we have with our US partners and we have been discussing the growth of our relationships and partnerships. Plus, we have agreed to try to increase the number of troops going through US educational institutions and, of course, our participation in international peacekeeping missions," Defense Ministry Eugen Sturza said.

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