European Council President Charles Michel has promised to boost military aid to Moldova, whose Moscow-backed separatist region of Transdniester has reported several incidents that led to accusations Russia is seeking to destabilize the former Soviet republic and possibly involve it in its war against Ukraine.

“This year we plan to significantly increase our support to Moldova by providing its armed forces with additional military equipment,” Michel told a press conference with Moldova’s President Maia Sandu during a visit to Chisinau on May 4. He gave no further details.

Michel also pledged support for Moldova against cyberattacks and disinformation, adding that avoiding escalation in Transdniester is of critical importance.

“We need to maintain stability,” Michel said, adding that the 27-member bloc has a responsibility to come to Moldova’s aid during the war in neighboring Ukraine.

“The EU stands in full solidarity with you, with Moldova. It is our European duty to help and to support your country,” Michel said.