VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda had a phone call with his Moldovan counterpart, Maia Sandu, on Friday to discuss the political situation in Moldova and efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nauseda expressed support to Sandu "in her pursuit of change and ambitious reforms in the country", the Lithuanian president's office said in a press release.
"Lithuania and Moldova demonstrate clear determination to seek closer cooperation on Moldova's chosen path of European integration," it quoted Nauseda as saying. "President Maia Sandu's commitment and resolve are very much needed for Moldova to implement reforms and move closer to the European Union."
Nauseda told Sandu that Lithuania is considering sharing vaccines with Moldova once there is a sufficient supply to meet domestic demand.
The Lithuanian president "underlined that he was actively engaged in supporting the EU’s vaccine sharing mechanism with Eastern Partnership countries and regularly raised the issue at European Council meetings".
The two leaders also "expressed concern at the increasing number of ceasefire violations in Ukraine and the growing demonstration of Russian military power on the Ukrainian border".
They agreed to meet as soon as the pandemic situation allows.
Moldova has been an active participant of the EU's Eastern Partnership program since the launch of the initiative in 2009. The Association Agreement between Moldova and the EU was signed in 2014.