Moldovan president to visit Romania as Ukraine war looms large over her country

Foto: INQUAM/Octav Ganea

Moldovan President Maia Sandu will visit Bucharest on Tuesday to discuss importing electricity and gas and the effects of the war in Ukraine on the small former Soviet republic.

It is the second visit for Ms Sandu, a pro-Western economist who has vowed to crack down on endemic corruption since July.  The countries share the same language and cultural and historical ties.

Moldova shares a border with European Union member Romania and Ukraine.

She will meet Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday morning, his office said.

In October, Ms Sandu said Moldova would buy electricity from Romania after Ukraine halted deliveries after Russia launched missile attacks at their  plants.

Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said a contract to deliver 100 MW of electricity hads been signed between Hidroelectrica and Moldovan company, Energcom.

Moldova is also looking to buy gas from Romania after Russia threatened to cut supplies over an old debt.

Also Monday, Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air announced it was closing its base in Chisinau for an undetermined period „due to security measures and because of the uncertainty over Moldovan airspace created by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Telegram channel Runway09 announced.

Most flights to and from Chisinau will be re-routed to Romanian cities of Iasi and Bacau which are close to the border with Moldova.


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