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 Moldovan speaker blasts Dodon's initiative against NATO office: "There is no concern that neutrality could be lost"

Moldova's Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu has reacted to President Igor Dodon's statement about his intention to cancel the agreement on launching a NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau. According to the speaker, there is no concern that neutrality could be lost or that foreign troops could be deployed in Moldova.

Censor.NET reports citing Deschide.md.

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Candu believes NATO's office in Chisinau would enable successful communication of this international structure with Moldova's military institutions.

"The neutrality of Moldova is affirmed in the Constitution and there is no concern that the neutrality could be lost or that the foreign military could arrive in Moldova (except those who are already deployed in Transnistria). In this regard, the president's concerns are unfounded.

"NATO's office in Chisinau seeks to ensure a better communication between this international structure and our military. It's a technical office opened for information and communication purposes and nothing more. We must remember the cooperation with NATO started back in the communist era. Our soldiers began to be involved in peacekeeping missions and the Moldovan army only benefited from this cooperation, as well as the national security," the speaker noted.

Earlier, Dodon said he would "work to cancel this agreement."

In late November 2016, Moldova's prime minister and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg signed an agreement on establishing a NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau. The document was later ratified by the country's parliament.

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