The defense capability of Moldova should be strengthened, despite the neutrality that the country adheres to. As RBC reports with reference to the Moldova1 TV channel, this was stated by President Maia Sandu.
“We see in the polls that the majority of citizens still support neutrality. We respect the choice of citizens because that is how democracy works. <…> Neutrality only works when other countries respect what is written in our Constitution. <…> We must be able to defend ourselves, which is why we are increasing our defense capabilities,” the president said.
She stated that Russia does not respect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, which encourages Moldova to build up its defense capabilities. Sandu also said that the possibility of the country’s entry into NATO should be discussed with the citizens of Moldova, since “Russian propaganda misinforms” and presents everything in a different light. She stressed that it is impossible to count on someone’s help, as is the case in the countries that are members of the North Atlantic Alliance.
The neutral status of the republic is enshrined in its Constitution. According to Art. 11, Moldova proclaims permanent neutrality and does not allow the stationing of the armed forces of other states on its territory.
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