NATO supports a stable, secure and democratic Moldova. On several occasions, high-level NATO officials reiterated the Alliance's full commitment to assist the country's efforts to reform its defence and security structures and institutions. Moldova's cooperation with NATO is expanding into several fields of mutual interest, including through Moldova's contribution to the NATO-led PKO (Peace-Keeping Operation) in Kosovo (KFOR). Cooperation with NATO is being conducted through a complicated regional and global conundrum of trends. Moldova is directly affected by an aggressive power-politics played by Moscow in Eastern Europe, where it attempts to dominate its neighbours, their weakness being of essential strategic relevance to the Russian national security and ambitions to restore its great power status, in other words, to privatize Eastern Europe for its own plan. Also, its narrative is to present the West as impotent, unable to react to the challenges of the situation, to show Europe as a decaying order, and build up on the “balance of powers” logic, challenging the unity of the Western key-institutions, taking stock of every institutional gridlock, any possible weakness that is turned into political instrument. So, if the Max Program for Russia is to create a ring of clientele states at the frontier with the EU/NATO, heavily influenced by its views, interests and networks, the Min Program is to keep its neighbours into a ring of dysfunctional states, sapped by corruption, conflicts and disorder, unable to reform or join NATO and EU.
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