The consignment includes personal equipment, logistics, light infantry weapons and ammunition. The equipment intended for infantry troops will ensure the Moldovan military’s compatibility with the armies of the EU and North Atlantic Alliance countries in joint exercises and missions.
According to the Defence Ministry, the aid was the result of French President Emmanuel Macron’s support statements made during the European Political Community Summit held in Moldova on 1 June, as well as the subsequent visit of French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu to Chisinau in September this year.
Moldova and France cooperate in the defence sector based on an agreement between the defence institutions of the two states, signed in Paris on 15 July 1998. Recently, Defence Minister Anatolie Nosatii and his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu agreed to strengthen the partnership by signing a bilateral agreement.
The two defence ministries will soon conclude a new Agreement on Military Cooperation. This became possible after the Cabinet approved the start of negotiations on a draft agreement between the two institutions on Wednesday, 8 November.