The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, received in Odesa his counterparts from Romania and the Republic of Moldova, including the Ministers of Energy, to launch a new “trilateral format”.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the energy regulatory agencies of the three countries, as well as the most important companies active in the energy field. This ministerial meeting is the first of its kind in the history of trilateral relations Ukraine-Republic of Moldova-Romania.
The ministers exchanged views on the regional security situation, in the context of Russia’s illegal, unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, which has generated the worst security and humanitarian crisis on the European continent in recent decades. They looked at the implications for the regional security environment as a whole, including on managing refugee flows, providing humanitarian assistance, ensuring energy security and protecting safe modes of transport and transit.
The ministers discussed the European integration process of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, in the context of the historic decision of the European Council of June 23-24, 2022, by which the two countries were granted candidate status for EU accession. They evaluated the steps taken and the measures further considered by Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in order to advance substantially on the road to EU integration.
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“Today, in Odesa, we received the foreign ministers from the Republic of Moldova and Romania to launch a new trilateral format. Together with the Ministers of Energy, we focused on energy security and agreed to implement a number of projects that will expand the supply of electricity from Ukraine to Moldova and Romania,” Kuleba said on his Twitter account.
Also, the Foreign Minister of Romania, Bogdan Aurescu, mentioned the result of “today’s trilateral”.
“We agreed on a joint statement to strengthen our commitments and common goals for peace, security and regional stability,” Aurescu said on his Twitter account.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs from Moldova, Nicu Popescu gave a speech in Romanian in which he said that Courage today has a name, and that name is Ukraine. Freedom of Ukraine is also our Freedom.
“We reconfirmed our firm support for Ukraine. We strongly condemn the Russian aggression and express our support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders. We discussed nuclear security around the Zaporizhzhia Plant, Moldova supporting the need for its demilitarization. By initiating this trilateral format, we took a common step towards European integration, through concrete measures in the energy field”, Popescu wrote on his Facebook page.