Wary of Russia, Moldova seeks more cooperation from NATO, U.S.

A Russia-wary Moldova is looking for more security cooperation with NATO and the United States.

The alliance is set to open a new security cooperation center with the landlocked, neutral country, as a territorial dispute with Moscow heats up.

Moldova has no plans to join the 29-nation alliance, however.

The NATO liaison office to be opened will be staffed by civilians and will “support dialogue and cooperation between NATO and Moldova,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenber said.

NATO will “fully respect” Moldova’s neutrality, he added.

The alliance also has liaison offices in Ukraine and Georgia, both of which also have had territorial disputes and been involved in active combat with Russia.

In Moldova’s case, the pro-Russia breakaway region of Trans-Dniester has long been a flashpoint, but in recent months Moldova has stepped up its demands that Russia pull its peacekeeping force of 1,200 troops out of the region. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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