US, UK, Romanian, and Moldovan special forces are conducting joint military exercises in Moldova amidst the ongoing regional tensions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, NATO troops hold “Sea Shield 23” exercises on the Romanian coast.
Joint military exercises involving special operations forces from the US, UK, Romania, and Moldova have begun in Moldova. The exercises will run from March 27 to April 7, focusing on joint training and experience exchange between the countries’ special forces. The Moldovan Defense Ministry has stressed that the military equipment being transported during the exercises is for training purposes only and has asked citizens to avoid speculation. The exercises come as tensions continue to escalate in the region due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, the Moldovan Defense Minister has stated that there is no direct risk of a Russian attack on Moldova. In addition, NATO troops are conducting exercises on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea as part of the “Sea Shield 23” drills, which involve 3,400 soldiers from across the NATO alliance.