Nicu Popescu participated in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU. The Moldovan official reiterated our country’s commitment to become a member of the community and condemned the war in Ukraine.
The head of diplomacy from Chisinau mentioned that Moldova managed to face the humanitarian, economic and energy crises with the support of external partners. According to him, the country has demonstrated its contribution to regional security.
“In this last year we have shown that we can deal with extremely serious crisis situations. The Republic of Moldova will remain firmly on the path of joining the EU and will work alongside and with the support of our friends to preserve and strengthen its peace, democracy and European path”, said Popescu.
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At the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu urged the EU to impose sanctions against corrupt oligarchs suspected of plotting with the Russian Federation to change the government. Also, the discussions he held referred to the intensification of cooperation in the field of security and defense, with the Republic of Moldova receiving assistance through the European Peace Facility, collaboration with the European Border Police and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex and with the Satellite Center of the European Union, notes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The officials also referred to the consolidation of the Republic of Moldova-EU hub for internal security and to the collaboration and deployment in the Republic of Moldova of the civilian mission with an advisory mandate within the Common Security and Defense Policy to increase our country’s ability to respond current challenges.
Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu also presented the progress achieved in implementing the recommendations of the European Commission and reviewed the preparations for the Summit of the European Political Community, which our country will host in June 2023.
On the sidelines of the working visit in Brussels, the Moldovan official discussed with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu, with Antonio Tajani – vice-president of the Council of Ministers of Italy, minister of foreign affairs; Stefano Sannino – Secretary General of the European External Affairs Service (EEAS); Gert-Jan Koopman – director general of the Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the EU.