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eeas.europa.eu | Moldova: Press remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the handover of EPF financed equipment, 31 May omen
I want to say hello to all representatives of local authorities and institutions, to distinguished guests and partners of this ceremony. I am very glad to be here, at this impressive, I would not say beautiful, but really impressive - Museum of the National Army, which is also the Museum of History of Moldova.  

I am here to demonstrate our firm support to Moldova. But our support should not be something abstract. I want to present concrete, visible, and tangible results of our security and defence cooperation.  We have seen it, we have touched it—we have even weighed it. We are handing over this first batch of equipment provided through the European Peace Facility (EPF) to Moldova.

It will support the military medical and explosive ordnance disposal capacities of your national army. It includes drones, laptops, Explosive Ordnance Disposal suits, ultrasound machines, individual protection kits and surgery sets. As you see, there is no lethal equipment. But an army is something more just than arms. Behind the arms, there is a lot of logistics, a lot of surgery, transport, fueling, control, observation capacities. And this is what we try to support you to develop.

And this is just the start, Minister. This is just the start. It is part of a first step of our support under the European Peace Facility [EPF], which amounts to €87 million. But more equipment will come in the next months, such as ambulances, mobile demining robots, metal detectors, radios, radars. Our support will continue to reflect the challenges that Moldova is facing.

pbs | NATO to send 700 more troops to Kosovo to help quell violent protests, 30 May omen
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the military organization will send 700 more troops to northern Kosovo to help quell violent protests after clashes with ethnic Serbs there left 30 international soldiers wounded.
yahoo! sports | More than 50 local Serbs were injured in the flare up (30.05.23)
...The international force known as KFOR has been deployed in Kosovo since the 1998-99 war between Serbs and ethnic Albanians over Kosovo....
"We have decided to deploy 700 more troops from the operational reserve force for Western Balkans," Stoltenberg told reporters in Oslo, after talks with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

He said that NATO would also "put an additional battalion of reserve forces on high readiness so they can also be deployed if needed. These are prudent steps." A battalion typically ranges from 300 to around 1,000 troops. The NATO-led peacekeeping mission, KFOR, currently consists of almost 3,800 troops.

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