The visit of the president of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, which began on Tuesday, February 28, in Chisinau, will give a new impetus to Moldovan-Hellenic bilateral cooperation both on a political and sectoral level. The statement was made for Radio Moldova by the ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Athens, Andrei Popov. On the first day, in the evening, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, had a meeting with Prime Minister Dorin Recean, the next day she will meet with the Head of State Maia Sandu, and on March 2 – with the President of the Parliament, Igor Grosu.
Ambassador Andrei Popov explained that the discussions that the Greek president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, will have with the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, will focus on the achievements of our country in the process of meeting the conditions for launching EU accession negotiations, the impact of the war by the Russian Federation in Ukraine on regional security, including energy, as well as some social aspects.
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“Greece is among the states that consistently and strongly support the idea of expanding the European Union. We want to inform Mrs. President Sakellaropoulou and the accompanying delegation about the progress we have made since receiving the candidate country status, so as to strengthen our positions in order to achieve the next objective – the launch of accession negotiations with the EU, hopefully by the end of this year. The second point is regional security. Greece, from the first days after the launch of the Russian invasion against Ukraine, strongly condemned this act of aggression and stood in solidarity with Ukraine and supported the EU position regarding sanctions against Russia and aid, including military, to Ukraine. The third topic on the agenda is energy cooperation”, said the ambassador.
The visit that the Greek official is making to Chisinau is a response to the one that the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, undertook in Athens last July. The first and only visit of a Greek president to Chisinau so far was in 2004, that of Constantinos Stephanopoulos.