Moldovan authorities should request arms shipments first, US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman says
The United States is ready to supply arms to Moldova and the matter is currently being discussed with the country’s authorities, said Gregory Meeks, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives.
He made the statement Saturday at a press conference in Chisinau, where he arrived as part of a delegation of US lawmakers for talks with senior Moldovan officials.
“My position is that we need to talk to the government of Moldova. We need to make sure we agree on what needs to happen. said the New York Democrat, commenting on the possibility of US weapons being shipped to the former Soviet republic.
“I don’t want to go beyond what the Moldovan leaders are asking and asking for. I think there needs to be a dialogue, a conversation between our two countries,” he added.
“The United States will stand with Moldova,” Meeks said, adding that this unity and cooperation was the reason why “Ukraine has succeeded and this region will succeed.”
On Friday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss revealed that London was also in talks with its allies to see Moldova “equipped to NATO standards.” The tiny nation could become a victim of Vladimir Putin “the ambition to create a greater Russia”, she asserted.
Moldova is a nation of 2.6 million people, sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania. Having neutrality enshrined in its constitution, it is not a member of the EU or NATO and is considered one of the poorest countries in Europe.
During the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there have been explosions and other provocations in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, which declared independence from Chisinau in the early 1990s. The region, which s extends along the Ukrainian border, maintains close ties with Moscow and hosts Russian blue helmets.
At the end of April, kyiv offered to help Chisinau to “Capture” Transnistria by force. “[We] would have succeeded in one way or another”, Alexey Arestovich, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, suggested, but added that such an operation could only take place if the Moldovan authorities requested it.
Chisinau rejected the proposal, insisting that “The settlement of the Transnistrian issue can be achieved through political means and only on the basis of a peaceful solution.”
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