Diplomats from dozens of countries are raising funds and support for Moldova at a conference in Paris on Monday, as the former Soviet country is challenged by the war in neighboring Ukraine, power cuts, thousands of refugees and security threats.
Forty-five countries and institutes are attending the international aid conference which is geared toward “concrete and immediate assistance,” the French foreign ministry said.
Moldova’s pro-Western president, Maia Sandu who is in Paris for the event will meet French President Emmanuel Macron later Monday.
“This international support is all the more important as Moldova is currently facing an unprecedented energy crisis which, with the approach of winter, poses a risk of a humanitarian crisis for the Moldovan population,” the ministry said.
Already, previous conferences have raised hundreds of millions of euros for Moldova, but as winter settles in, inflation soars and the war goes into its 10th month, its needs are growing.
A number of Moldovan cities saw blackouts last week as Russian troops shelled infrastructure targets in Ukraine.
The European Union has promised Moldova 250 million euros after Russia drastically cut its gas supplies.
Moldova was almost completely dependent on Russian energy before the war, and has been looking for alternative supplies across the EU.
It became a candidate for EU membership in June, together with Ukraine.