Despite repeated attempts, the Moldovan President and commander in chief of the army of the country Igor Dodon to prohibit the military to participate in NATO exercise Rapid Trident 2017 on the territory of Ukraine, a contingent of 57 troops went on the Yavoriv training ground. This is stated in the message of the defense Ministry of Moldova.

The unit commander Colonel Alexander Markuze noted that the purpose of these exercises is to develop interaction of forces, strengthening the defense and support in the international arena of a positive image of the army of Moldova for its participation in peacekeeping missions.

See also: Prime Minister of Moldova against the Dodon: the Army should participate in NATO exercises

On 5 September, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that the Moldovan military have nothing to do in the exercises in Ukraine, and ordered that all preparations for the exercise was cancelled. On 6 September the government of Moldova adopted the decision on the participation of the nation’s military in exercises, what Dodon reiterated the ban.

Tomorrow in Lviv region will start exercise Rapid Trident 2017, which will be attended by 2.5 thousand Ukrainian military and soldiers of partner countries – Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Britain and the United States. The exercises will be held with “greater scale than ever before,” said the Ministry of defence, and will end on September 23.

See also: Dodona opposed the opening of a NATO office in Chisinau

The Moldovan military has arrived in Ukraine contrary to the prohibition of Dodon 07.09.2017

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