German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday confidently accused Moldova of Berlin’s backup on its trail to accession to the EU, as Moldovan and American officers allege Russia of seeking to weaken the federal government in Chisinau.
“Moldova is part of our European family. In the summer, we granted it candidate status. And I very much welcome how resolutely Moldova has tackled the necessary reforms that are indispensable for EU accession,” Scholz told a news conference in Bucharest, Romania alongside Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Moldovan President Maia Sandu.
“Moldova can be sure of our support on this path. I assured the President [Sandu] of this once again today. Moldova does not stand alone but receives massive international support,” the German chancellor continued.
Scholz expressed “great concern” about stories of alleged Russian attempts to destabilize Moldova and stated Germany would do its “utmost” to support Moldova in arming itself against “attempts of destabilization by Russia.”
In February, Moldova’s President Sandu accused Russia of making plans to virtue “saboteurs who have undergone military training and are disguised as civilians” to destabilize the country — claims that have been unacceptable through Russia’s international ministry as “unfounded.”
In step with White Area officers, America believes that Russia is operating to weaken the Moldovan government because it continues to hunt for closer ties with the EU.
“The sovereignty and territorial integrity of any state are inviolable. This requirement of the Helsinki Final Act and other agreements under international law was also signed by Russia. And it is still valid. Therefore, we do our utmost to support Moldova in arming itself against attempts of destabilization by Russia,” Scholz stated.
Talking about the identical match, Sandu stated that “it is very important, and I am happy that Moldova is a dialogue partner with Romania and Germany. The projects we are involved in together are very useful for our people and will strongly lead us to accession to the European Union.
CNN’s Radina Gigova, Anna Chernova, and Natasha Bertrand contributed reporting to this submission.