ZAGREB, 1 Feb 2022 – Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman, who visited Chisinau on Tuesday, expressed support for the territorial integrity of Moldova which is faced with threats of pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. After meeting his Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu, Croatia’s foreign minister reiterated Zagreb’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Moldova within its internationally recognised borders.
The negotiations on Transnistria are being held by Chisinau and pro-Russian separatists as well as by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the USA. Grlić Radman expressed support for Moldova’s efforts to be integrated in Europe. Currently, Moldovan President is Maia Sandu, a leader who has put this 3.5-million-strong country on a pro-European course.
Moldovan Minister Popescu thanked Croatia for being a great advocate of the European integration of Moldova, and stressed that Zagreb and Brussels had always been with Moldova during its challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy crisis.
Commenting on Transnistria, Popescu said that the current situation was complicated and that without the European support, it would have been even more complicated. Popescu said that his country would like to join the Tree Seas Initiative.