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Lithuania to Support Republic of Moldova’s Defense Reform (VIDEO)

Chisinau, November 14, 2013 — “Lithuania remains committed to support Moldova’s defense reform process and will continue bilateral assistance in military training and education, administrative capacity building and providing necessary consultations in the areas of public relations, cyber defense and others”, Minister of National Defense of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas, stated within an official visit to Republic of Moldova, at the invitation of his counterpart, Vitalie Marinuta.

„This visit is taking place on the eve of a very important event – the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit. Moldova has made a great progress in achieving its EU integration goals. The initialling of Association Agreement in Vilnius will be a sign of irreversible change for the Republic of Moldova’s integration goals”, the Lithuanian official pointed out.

Juozas Olekas also appreciated Republic of Moldova’s decision to contribute to EU missions and KFOR operation in Kosovo. „NATO needs partner countries’ involvement in operations, and Moldova will contribute to filling important shortfalls in the KFOR operation”, the Lithuanian Defense Minister said.

Vitalie Marinuta specified that Lithuania’s support, which is the host country of the Eastern Partnership Summit, is very important for our state, for it represents a hint for European partners that our nation is willing to join Europe and deserves to become a family member of democratic states, where human rights, freedom of speech and democratic values are the pillars of existence of a state.

Speaking about the bilateral dialogue on the cooperation between the Moldovan and Lithuanian armies, Vitalie Marinuta praised the support of the military from Vilnius in term of reform of national defense system and opportunities of education for the National Army officers at different courses conducted by the Lithuanians. „Lithuania’s experience in the reform and modernization of defense institution, as well as the entire national security system, is very valuable for us, from many points of view. By building since 1991 a new army, Lithuania, like Republic of Moldova, changed it into an interoperable structure, well-supplied with technical equipment and personnel that demonstrated their skills by participating in different theaters of operations. Republic of Moldova currently undergoes similar changes. We are on the right way and this is demonstrated by our officers’ performance in UN or OSCE missions, as well as by the latest Parliamentary decision to deploy a contingent of 41 soldiers to KFOR mission in Kosovo”, Vitalie Marinuta stated.

At the end, the Moldovan and Lithuanian Defense Ministers agreed to continue developing the Moldovan-Lithuanian relations within a friendly and mutually profitable environment for both states.

The Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas, has paid an official visit to Republic of Moldova within November 13-14, at the invitation of his Moldovan counterpart, Vitalie Marinuta. The agenda of the visit includes meetings of the delegations of both ministries on bilateral defense cooperation within different international organizations, as well as the establishment of 2014 cooperation goals.

While in Chisinau, the Lithuanian Defense Minister will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Natalia Gherman, and the Republic of Moldova President’s Advisor on national defense and security issues, Secretary of the Supreme Security Council, Alexei Barbaneagra.

Moldovan-Lithuanian defense cooperation dates back to November 2000. 

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