French President Emmanuel Macron today called Moldova’s request to join the European Union “absolutely legitimate” in a joint press conference he gave in Chisinau with his Moldovan counterpart Maya Santo.
Moldova is one of three former Soviet republics (the others being Georgia and Ukraine) that applied to join the EU shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Moldova is worried it could be drawn into the war because of instability in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, where a Russian “peacekeeping” force has been deployed along the border with Ukraine.
France, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until the end of the month, will help reach a consensus among its members on Moldova’s accession at a crucial Council meeting next week, Macron said.
The French president said the war in Ukraine was a “threat to the stability of the whole region” and stressed that Moldova was a country already “attached to the European family”.
Sandou said Moldova wants to join the EU “as soon as possible”. “But we are realistic and we understand that we still have a lot to do,” he added.
The war in Ukraine has complicated Moldova’s accession to the EU, but reforms are bringing the country closer to Europe, he said.