12:36 May. 3, 2016
Moldova's pro-Russian opposiiton threatens with protests against exercises
About 200 U.S. soldiers will reportedly arrive in Moldova on May 2 to take part in joint military exercises, which will last more than two weeks.
According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Moldova's Defence Ministry said the U.S. military will arrive in armoured vehicles from Romania.
About 165 Moldovan soldiers will take part in the drills. The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau said the exercises, which will last from 3 to 20 May, will include basic fortification operations, medical assistance and evacuation skills.
Moldova's pro-Russian opposition says it will stage rallies against the exercises.
Moldova joined the NATO 'Partnership for Peace' program in 1994. Since 1992, about 1,500 Russian soldiers have been stationed in Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria. 380 of them have the status of international peacekeeping forces, the others are servicemen of the former Russian 14th Guards Combined-Arms Army.