Moldova says it’s ready to join new sanctions against Russia

Moldova will join the sanctions against Russia

Moldova is ready to join the new EU sanctions against Russia. This was announced on Friday, June 24, by the chairman of the parliament, the leader of the ruling Action and Solidarity Party, Igor Grosu.

“Of course, we will join[the new sanctions – Profile],” Grosu said. The Republic will be in solidarity with the EU, its status and European aspirations oblige to this, reports TASS with reference to the TV channel Moldova 1.

At the summit in Brussels on June 23, the heads of state and government of the European Union approved the provision of Ukraine and Moldova status of candidates for membership. The EU will take further steps after both countries fulfill the conditions that were formulated by the European Commission.

The day before, on June 23, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova, Nikolai Popescu, said that the Moldovan authorities cannot take part in the implementation of all EU anti-Russian sanctions, since her own economy is unsustainable. At the same time, Popescu noted that the Moldovan authorities have taken a number of restrictive measures against Russia in the financial and banking field.

Prior to the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Popescu said that since 2014 Chisinau has not supported EU and US sanctions against Russia and is not going to support them for economic reasons. However, the Moldovan authorities will not allow Russia to circumvent Western sanctions by using its banking system or by re-exporting Russian goods through Moldova.

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