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EU adopts program of €40 mln military assistance to Moldova

The assistance measure is aimed at funding the purchases of the equipment not designed to deliver lethal force, including unmanned aerial reconnaissance equipment and tactical communications equipment

BRUSSELS, July 2. /TASS/. The European Union has adopted an assistance measure worth €40 million for Moldova provided by the European Peace Facility, according to the statement released by the EU Council on Saturday.

"The overall objective of the Assistance Measure is to contribute to strengthening the capacities of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova in order to enhance national security, stability and resilience in the defense sector, in line with Union policy," the statement says.

"The Assistance Measure will allow the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova to enhance operational effectiveness, accelerate compliance with Union standards and interoperability, and thereby better protect civilians in crises and emergencies," it reads.

To achieve the objectives, the program will finance the provision of the "equipment not designed to deliver lethal force, supplies and services," such as "logistics equipment; mobility equipment; command and control equipment; cyber-defense equipment; unmanned aerial reconnaissance equipment; tactical communications equipment," the statement says.

"The duration of the Assistance Measure shall be 36 months," the document says adding that it will be 40 million euros.

The European Peace Facility operates under the EU External Action Service (EEAS). The European Union pays for general military imports to Ukraine from it, having allocated two billion euros for this purpose since February.