The president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, announced that the first anti-COVID vaccine shot in the country was administered on March 2. The vaccination cam ...
by Romanian Reporter - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:14 PM
Maia Sandu, the president of the Republic of Moldova, began her official visit to Brussels on Monday, January 18. The visit is an attempt to reset the relationship between Moldova and the European Union, which deteriorated under the mandate of the previous president, the pro-Russian socialist Igor Dodon.
The country's post-Soviet history is a long struggle of choosing a clear path and direction in the foreign policies between the Eastern influence of the Russian Federation and a closer relationship with the European Union.
The restoration of a good relationship with Moldova's neighbors, Romania and Ukraine, and the European Union was announced as a priority for the new president even during Sandu's campaign for the November 2020 presidential elections, when she competed against the current, pro-Russian president, and managed to win with a surprising 15% difference in votes.
Maia Sandu took over the role of the president on December 24 and soon thereafter became very active regarding her foreign policy duties.
The first step was the visit of the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, to Chisinau, on December 29. The two presidents signed a joint statement for the strengthening of the Romanian-Moldovan strategical partnership. Klaus Iohannis promised also a support package for Moldova's citizens, heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, which include the donation of 200.000 anti-Covid vaccine shots, 6.000 tons of diesel for Moldovan farmers, and other financial support.
On January 12 Maia Sandu made an official visit to Kyiv, where she had meetings with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and other Ukrainian officials. It was the first visit of a Moldovan president to Ukraine in the last 5 years. During his tenure, Igor Dodon was never received in Kyiv and was almost declared persona non grata in Ukraine, after his statement from November 2016, according to which Crimea belonged to Russia and which led to a total blockage of the bilateral relationship.
Among the topics discussed by the two presidents were the European integration for both Moldova and Ukraine, the status of conflict zones in Transnistria, respectively Crimea, and the reaffirming mutual support of the national integrity and sovereignty.
The visit to Brussels is the logical continuation of Maia Sandu's foreign policy efforts. The president met many European officials and tackled crucial topics for Moldova's present and future, such as the European integration, access to anti-Covid vaccines, reforms in the justice system and fight against corruption, and farmers' situation, affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo: Maia Sandu / Facebook