Moldova turns to France in face of threats from Putin – POLITICO

That call was noticed in Moscow.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday: “Russia is open to providing this assistance, but we prefer to solve all problems without any exception through dialogue, political dialogue,” TASS news agency reported.

Strengthen the defense

Although Moldovan Foreign Minister Mihail Popșoi sees no immediate threat of a Russian invasion, his country is still trying to strengthen its defenses.

Moldova also decided this week to suspend its participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which sets limits on military equipment including battle tanks, artillery and combat aircraft.

The Foreign Ministers of Moldova and France sign the Defense Cooperation Agreement | Christophe Ena/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The defense cooperation agreement between Moldova and France paves the way for the training of the country’s armed forces. French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu – who traveled to Moldova last year to prepare the deal – discussed future arms contracts with his Moldovan counterpart Anatolie Nosatîi, according to a French official.

A French defense mission will also be set up by the summer.

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