U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity enshrined in the United Nations Charter.
Speaking at a joint press conference With Moldovan President Maia Sandu, Blinken said “One hundred and forty-one countries at the United Nations stood up for those principles and against Russia’s assault on them.”
“The United States wants to make clear our strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, including the Republic of Moldova.” He added.
The Secretary continued “Countries have a right to choose their own futures. Moldova has chosen the path of democracy, a more inclusive economy, a closer relationship with the countries and institutions of Europe.”
Blinken added that the United States supports Moldova in those efforts, grounded in our respect for the neutrality that’s enshrined in Moldova’s constitution.
“Our partnership addresses the key challenges of our time, the things that we should be working on and focused on, which is exactly another reason why this war of choice is such a terrible thing – it takes us away from things that we need to be working on together.”
He further insisted “We’ll continue to do that. The United States delivered hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to Moldova and millions of dollars in pandemic-related assistance.”
“We will invest $18 million over the next years to help strengthen and diversify Moldova’s energy sector. Greater energy security is vital for your sovereignty. We support the OSCE-led 5+2 negotiations to find a comprehensive settlement to the Transnistrian conflict that upholds Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity with a special status for Transnistria.”
The U.S. Secretary went on to say “we’ll seek every opportunity to deepen the ties between our countries – economic ties, educational ties, people-to-people ties, because we want our friendship with the people of Moldova to grow even stronger.”