In political consultations Latvia pledges support for launching EU accession talks with Moldova

  • 2023-11-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Moldova, representatives of the Latvian side pledged support for the launch of talks with Moldova on its accession to the European Union (EU), LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. 

The Latvian delegation was headed by Andzejs Viļumsons, Under Secretary-Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of Moldova, by Vladimir Cuc, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

In the consultations, the officials discussed Moldova's integration with the EU, related reforms, as well as the country’s alignment with the EU’s common foreign and security policy. Latvia welcomed the European Commission’s positive assessment of the work already done by Moldova. 

The meeting also addressed bilateral relations between Latvia and Moldova, including the enhancement of the legal framework and interinstitutional cooperation. The Latvia and Moldovan delegations welcomed the dynamic bilateral cooperation, in particular, the exchange of high-level visits, while expressing their determination to further deepen current cooperation by extending it to cover new areas of cooperation.

The officials also discussed the security situation in Moldova and the country's cooperation with NATO and other international organizations. The officials exchanged views on issues high on the global and regional agenda, including Russia’s war in Ukraine.

 Vilumsons informed the Moldovan delegation about the Latvian government’s decision to allocate EUR 50,000 to Moldova towards promoting Moldova’s energy resilience in support of the country in overcoming the energy crisis caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

As part of the visit, Cuc and officials from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the issues of EU sanctions policy.

Previous political consultations between Latvia and Moldova took place online in 2020.