Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova – Unused Potential

  • Post Category:Issue XIX

Ivan Hnatyshyn
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Moldova

DOI https://doi.org/10.37837/2707-7683-2018-25

Abstract. The article is dedicated to relations between Ukraine and Moldova, taking pride of place in the foreign policy of Ukraine. This is due to a shared border, large ethnic community of Ukrainians in Moldova, similarity of foreign policy priorities, and development of mutually beneficial economic cooperation. Ukraine is an active stakeholder in the negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict and has the status of a mediator. Ukraine seeks to develop mutually beneficial relations with the Republic of Moldova based upon respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both states.
The bilateral cooperation of the two countries can be found in the spheres of environment, transport, energy, infrastructure, implementation of domestic reforms, and efficient struggle against corruption. An opening of a border bridge crossing for vehicles and prospective construction of a bridge are the steps enabling Ukraine and Moldova to enter the European transport network.
An important upshot of the diplomatic activities is the consistent support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by the Republic of Moldova.
The external aggression notwithstanding, Ukraine continues to take proactive measures in the negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict. The common origins of the latter and of the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation bring about the necessity to combine forces and form common approaches for their settlement as well as jointly counter regional threats and challenges.
The protection of rights of national minorities is yet another important aspect of bilateral relations.
Ukraine has an interest in a socially and politically stable Moldova with a prosperous economy able to follow its policy of integration to the EU.
Keywords: The Republic of Moldova, policy on integration to the EU, territorial integrity, domestic reforms, corruption.

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