Moldova signs security and defence partnership with EU

By Thomson Reuters May 21, 2024 | 7:48 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Moldova has signed a security and defence partnership with the European Union, the first country to make such a deal with the bloc, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

Led by pro-European President Maia Sandu, Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and NATO and EU member Romania, hopes to join the European Union by 2030 and has staunchly condemned Russia’s full-scale invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

“Moldova is the first country to sign a Security & Defence Partnership with the EU,” Borrell wrote on X.

“This partnership will enhance the country’s resilience. It will allow us to jointly address common security challenges, make our engagement more effective and explore new areas of cooperation,” he added.

In March, Sandu signed a defence cooperation accord with France, warning that Russia was renewing efforts to destabilise Moldova and that if President Vladimir Putin was not stopped in Ukraine he would keep going.

Moldova gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and its relations with Moscow have deteriorated during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

(Reporting by Alexander Tanas and Andrew Gray; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Ed Osmond)