EU, Moldova will cooperate in countering hybrid threats

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 27.2.2018 20:20

At its 26 February meeting, the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) reviewed EU-Moldova relations, welcoming Chișinău's willingness to cooperate with the EU in identifying hybrid threats

This cooperation will take place according to the provisions outlined in the Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats proposed by the European Commission (EC) in 2016, specifically under action 18 of this plan which tasks the High Representative for Foreign Affairs (HR) and Security Policy (HR) with launching a hybrid risk survey within the EU's neighbourhood. The framework calls upon the HR, EC, and member states to help partner-states consolidate their capacities and improve resilience to hybrid threats. The EC also identifies Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) capacity-building missions as a supplemental tool to assist partners in further countering these threats. The focus of the EC's Joint framework will fall upon the Eastern Partnership countries, where Russia has been employing hybrid tactics for years. In Moldova, where Moscow maintains an illegal military presence, the pro-Kremlin outlets have so far dominated the TV cable content, which provides Russia with a cheap and effective method of disseminating propaganda in order to discredit Moldova's western partners, while swaying the public opinion in its own favour. 

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