The presidents of Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine are in Chisinau on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Moldovan state. – Moldovans did not accept the dictatorship. We defended our values - said Maia Sandu during the speech.
– We did not allow our freedom and democracy to be stolen. We realized the value of our vote, we returned the country to the democratic path of development. Moldova’s place belongs to the family of European nations. Our path is the path of European integration that ensures security and prosperity. The Republic of Moldova is our common home, no matter what language we speak, we live in the north or south, on the right or left bank – said the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, during the Friday speech.
Moldova, a former republic of the USSR, regained its independence 30 years ago, but is still struggling with the problem of the separatist Transnistria, informally supported by Moscow, where Russian soldiers are stationed.
The Polish, Romanian and Ukrainian presidents Andrzej Duda, Klaus Iohannis and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, among others, participate in the celebration of the anniversary of independence. The leaders of the last two countries arrived in Chisinau late due to difficulties with the arrival due to the difficult weather conditions in their countries.
Sandu: Moldova’s success depends on relations with foreign partners
Maia Sandu thanked the Presidents of Poland, Romania and Ukraine for their presence in Chisinau. She emphasized that Moldova’s success largely depends on relations with foreign partners.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis reaffirmed his country’s commitment to supporting reforms and integrating Moldova into the EU. He added that Moldova needs quick reforms, the implementation of which will contribute to the country’s economic development. – We will act in the spirit of strategic partnership – declared Iohannis.
For his part, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, emphasized partnership relations with Moldova, including in the area of security. He also pointed to threats in the region, including Belarusian policy and Russia’s aggressive actions. In the face of the above-mentioned threats, he added, all countries must act together.
Eastern Partnership talks
– We will do everything so that Moldova can join the European Union as soon as possible, we are supporters of the “open door” policy in the EU – said President Andrzej Duda. He addressed all Moldovan citizens with wishes on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence.
He also reported that during the meeting among the presidents, the problems of the region were discussed – about regional security, cooperation and mutual support, incl. Moldova and its current government in “a work of reforms that will undoubtedly bring Moldova closer to the European Union.”
– We talked about the Eastern Partnership, about the trio of associates, i.e. Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – countries that in this part of Europe are closest to the European Union. We will certainly do everything so that Moldova could join the European Union as soon as possible, he assured.
He added that as president, he always declared that he was a supporter of the “open door” policy in the EU and the admission of new countries. – I always emphasize it when I meet my colleagues – leaders of EU countries, that the fact that Great Britain left the European Union does not mean that the European project is over. But to show it, we should admit to the European Union the countries that are the closest and that aspire to join the European Union, he said.
President Duda also said that during the Friday meeting he proposed to organize another meeting with the same group in the future and to “talk about our cooperation, what are the problems and to what extent Moldova still needs support”. – I believe that it is important to care for security in our part of Europe, that the countries are as strong as possible, that democracy in individual countries is strong, that countries are governed fairly and that people live better and better – he said .
PAP, Interfax-Ukraine, tvn24.pl
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