Moldova announced an almost interrupted political dialogue with Russia

Moldovan Foreign Minister Popescu: political dialogue with Russia practically interrupted According to the head of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry, the political dialogue with Moscow was practically interrupted after the start of the special operation in Ukraine. At the same time, he stressed that even before the special operation, the dialogue was not intense

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Chisinau almost completely interrupted the political dialogue with Moscow. Nicu Popescu, head of the Moldavian Foreign Ministry, stated this on the air of the TVR TV channel.

“Since the hostilities in Ukraine, the political dialogue with Russia has been practically interrupted. But the dialogue continues at the diplomatic level. The Russian Embassy continues its work in Moldova, we exchange messages. There is interaction between the Secretary of State and the Russian Ambassador. These are the parameters of our relations with Russia at the moment,»,— he said.

At the same time, Popescu specified that the dialogue between Chisinau and Moscow before the start of the special operation in Ukraine was also not intensive. “There were several visits to Moscow last autumn, both mine and Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spina and former Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Vladislav Kulminsky. And for now, everything»,— concluded the minister.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, official Chisinau has been trying to maintain neutrality. In mid-May, Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa said that Moldova's neutrality is spelled out in its Constitution, in addition, it is supported by citizens. Commenting on the hostilities in Ukraine, Gavrilitsa noted that Chisinau is aware of the risk of an escalation of the situation in the immediate vicinity of the borders or on the territory of Moldova, but so far they consider this a “distant danger”.

Moldova in the north, east and in the south it borders on the Ukrainian Chernivtsi, Vinnitsa, Odessa regions.

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Russian peacekeepers have been in Pridnestrovie since 1992. Chisinau calls on Russia to withdraw them from the republic.

After that, European Council President Charles Michel promised that the EU would provide additional military support to Moldova: provide assistance in the field of cybersecurity and take actions to “strengthen the country's military power”. He did not give details and called for “refraining from provocative statements” in order to prevent an escalation in Moldova and Transnistria. Before that, the United States also announced its intention to continue supporting the modernization of the Moldovan army.

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