12 Sep 2019 14:38

Moldovan govt does not plan integration with EAEU

CHISINAU. Sept 12 (Interfax) - The Moldovan government will not take any steps towards integration with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Nicolae Popescu said at a press conference on Thursday after his return from Russia.

"When I was visiting Moscow, I underlined that the government had no intention of endorsing any initiatives in relations with the EAEU. No such steps in our foreign policy are provided for by the parliamentary majority agreement [between the Party of Socialists and the ACUM bloc]. The government does not plan to change the approach to Moldova's relations with the EAEU," Popescu said.

As to whether his trip to Moscow prepared the Russian visit of Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu, Popescu said he had discussed priorities of bilateral relations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Now the Moldovan government should plan our steps in this area, so that Maia Sandu could keep them in mind during her visit to Moscow. We believe that visits must not be a goal in themselves. Foreign visits should help solve problems experienced by Moldovan citizens," Popescu said. He did not say when Sandu might visit Moscow.

It was reported earlier that Sandu would arrive in Moscow on September 12, yet a spokesman for the Moldovan government told Interfax on Thursday that the visit date was "still being coordinated via diplomatic channels."