Moldavia "severely affected" by the war
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Nicu Popescu, said this Monday that his country is being “severely affected” by the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Speaking at an international aid conference for Moldova in Paris, Popescu said Ukraine was facing “brutal Russian aggression, but this aggression poses a problem for everyone in Europe and that, of course, applies to Moldova”.

The country “is seriously affected economically by this war, when it comes to security of energy supply”, he stressed.

According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Paris conference is aimed at “concrete and immediate assistance” to the former Soviet republic.

Two previous conferences for Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, raised hundreds of millions of euros this year, but as the war drags on, the needs of Ukraine’s neighboring country are mounting.

“This international support is all the more important as Moldova is currently facing an unprecedented energy crisis which, with the approach of winter, poses the risk of a humanitarian crisis for the Moldovan population,” the ministry said.

Blackouts temporarily hit more than half a dozen Moldovan cities last week as Russian missiles slammed into infrastructure across Ukraine.

Soviet-era Moldova’s energy systems remain interconnected with Ukraine, so the barrage of Russian missiles triggered the automatic closure of a supply line.

Earlier this month, the European Union pledged 250 million euros to help Moldova after Russia halved its natural gas supply to the country.

The Moldovan energy crisis was exacerbated when Transnistria, a breakaway region of the country backed by Moscow with a key power plant, also cut electricity to other regions of the country.

Moldova relied heavily on Russian energy before the war and has increasingly sought closer ties with the West, becoming a candidate for EU membership in June along with Ukraine.

However, its accession to the 27-nation bloc could take years and is dependent on a series of fundamental reforms, including the fight against corruption and the establishment of the rule of law.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Moldova has suffered episodes of instability, with dozens of false bomb threats reported in the country in July and August.

Last month, missile debris landed in a Moldovan border village, in April tensions in Transnistria rose after a series of explosions rocked the breakaway region.

“Our airspace has been crossed by Russian rockets and missiles”, lamented the Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs in Paris.

Moldovan pro-Western President Maia Sandu meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in the French capital today.

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