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Sandu announced the possibility of annexing Transnistria to Moldova

On the anniversary of the start of armed clashes on the Dniester, Moldovan President Maia Sandu expressed the opinion that the process of negotiations on the country’s accession to the European Union (EU) could become a key factor for the unification of Moldova, divided by the conflict on two banks of the Dniester. During the ceremony held on March 2, when the Moldovan authorities laid flowers at the monument to the Sorrowful Mother in honor of those killed in the Transnistrian conflict, Sandu emphasized that the population of both the left and right banks of the Dniester strives for peace and freedom and has no discord among themselves.

Sandu expressed confidence that the decision to begin negotiations with the EU is a historic chance for Moldova, which can contribute to a peaceful and prosperous future for all citizens of the country. She assured that the government is ready to make every effort to achieve the peaceful reunification of Moldova.

It is also noted that on December 14, 2023, the European Union granted Georgia candidate accession status and began substantive negotiations with Moldova and Ukraine on joining the bloc. This step is supported by Sandu’s initiative to initiate a referendum on the republic’s accession to the EU, scheduled for autumn 2024.

In the context of security on the Dniester, Moldova has previously expressed concern about security violations by the Russian peacekeeping contingent. In response, the Transnistrian authorities asked Russia to increase the number of peacekeepers in the region in the face of, in their opinion, increasing pressure from Chisinau.

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