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Moldovan President states country prepares to become strategic hub for Ukraine's recovery

Moldovan President states country prepares to become strategic hub for Ukraine's recovery President of Moldova Maia Sandu (photo: Getty Images)

Moldova could become a strategic hub for Ukraine's recovery after the end of large-scale military aggression by Russia. Chisinau is preparing to take on this role, states Moldovan President Maia Sandu.

"A democratic and stable Moldova is a reliable neighbour of Ukraine, with which we share a border of 1,200 kilometres," she said during a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

Sandu also stated that Moldova is preparing to take on the role of a strategic hub for post-war recovery in Ukraine.

During her conversation with Scholz, the President of Moldova praised Germany's assistance to Kyiv and noted that support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression is also support for Moldova.

"My country would not be safe today if Ukraine had not stood up to Russia," Sandu said.

The parties also touched upon the consequences for Moldova of Russia's war against Ukraine. In this context, Scholz told Sandu that Germany is aware of Russia's attempts to destabilize the situation in Moldova through pro-Russian figures.

At the same time, the German Chancellor highly praised the Moldovan President's ability to resist such attempts and promised to continue providing comprehensive support to the country.

Recovery of Ukraine and the role of Moldova

Earlier, it was reported that in early April, Moldovan President Maia Sandu discussed with the US Special Representative for Ukraine Economic Recovery, Penny Pritzker, the role of Chisinau in assisting Kyiv.

At that time, the Moldovan president's administration stated that modern and safe roads and railways in the country could facilitate connections between Ukraine and Romania, and the rest of the EU.

In April, Ukraine presented the draft law On the Basic Principles of Ukraine's Recovery, a broad legislative framework that will regulate all aspects of rebuilding and recovery.

As noted in the Verkhovna Rada, the draft law is an important part of the implementation of the Ukraine Facility plan, under which Ukraine will receive 50 billion euros in aid from the EU.

At the end of April, Sandu stated that the European Union should develop a modern version of the US Marshall Plan from the Second World War era, but this time the effort should be directed at the recovery of Ukraine and Moldova.