Melescanu: Romania’s strategic objective in relations Republic of Moldova remains European integration of neighboring state

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Romania’s strategic objective in the relations with the Republic of Moldova remains the European integration of the neighboring state, being “the only option that can bring prosperity, security and freedom to citizens regardless of age, ethnicity, spoken language or religion,” Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu (photo R) said on Tuesday in a joint press release with his Moldovan counterpart Tudor Ulianovschi.

“The relationship with the Republic of Moldova remains a priority relationship for Romania, for the entire political class and our society, all the more as this year we are marking the Centenary,” said the head of the Romanian diplomacy.

He stressed that “the stability and prosperity of the Republic of Moldova are essential for Romania,” and European integration is “the only option” of the country to access these elements.

Melescanu explained that he had spoken with his counterpart on strengthening Romania’s investment presence in the Republic of Moldova and about the prospects for energy interconnection.

“I reaffirm Romania’s entire readiness to support the objectives proposed by the Republic of Moldova on its European agenda through political dialogue and assistance programs,” Melescanu said.

The head of the Romanian diplomacy also spoke about the initiative of the authorities in several Moldovan localities to collect signatures for the union with Romania, a move that Moldovan President Igor Dodon said would start a “civil war”.

“As far as the relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova are concerned, our main objective is to unite our efforts to ensure the European path of the Republic of Moldova. Local declarations on the union with Romania are, from our point of view, only the expression a desire to bring citizens from the Republic of Moldova closer to those in Romania without having any legal implications. From this point of view, I think the references to the civil war are totally erroneous and disproportionate,” Melescanu pointed out.

In his turn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Tudor Ulianovschi appreciated Romania’s efforts in the “mission to consolidate the sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova”.

“We greatly appreciate Romania’s attitude both at the governmental level and at the level of the society in general,” Ulianovschi said and pointed out that “this attitude remains unchanged and is not promoted by certain circumstantial factors.”

He said that in the future a new joint meeting of the Romanian and Moldovan governments “will be organized as a strategic instrument of this collaboration”.