President Maia Sandu reiterated that there is no information that would confirm the eventual intentions of Russia to engage the Republic of Moldova in the war. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who paid a visit to Moldova, confirmed this. However, Moldova faces economic risks and the foreign partners are ready to support the country financially, IPN reports.
President Sandu noted Moldova’s rhetoric in the context of the war in Ukraine remains consistent. The Moldovan authorities insist on an immediate ceasefire and classes Russia’s actions as military aggression.
“No one can say with certitude what will happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We continue pleading for peace and hope that this peace will be restored in Ukraine. We continue condemning the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine. We do our duty as good neighbors and help those who try to save their lives by fleeing from the war. I had a discussion with President Zelensky several days ago. We discussed the refugee crisis and I told him about what we are doing for the people coming from Ukraine,” Maia Sandu stated in the talk show “Good Evening” on the public TV channel.
The official made a call for calmness, saying there are no signals that Russia attempts to engage Moldova in the war. The multitude of visits paid by foreign officials to Chisinau is a signal that the whole international community supports the Republic of Moldova, which is also seriously affected from economic viewpoint, after Ukraine and Russia.
“There is no information showing that the Russian Federation intends to take military action on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. Secretary of State Blinken confirmed that they do not have information about a military risk for the Republic of Moldova. But we have the economic problem. After the two countries involved in the war, the Republic of Moldova is the next most seriously affected country at economic level. Before this war, we have been also dealing with crises. The foreigners come to see how they can help us in the energy and economic sectors. It is a sign of support and a possibility for these people to know us,” said Maia Sandu.
Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, describing the military invasion as a special operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 3.6 million Ukrainians fled their country since the start of the war. About 100,000 Ukrainian refugees are in Moldova.