Moldovan President Arrives in Kyiv on an Unannounced Visit to Discuss EU Accession
On Tuesday, Moldovan President Maia Sandu arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit.
On the Day of Dignity and Freedom, Sandu and the Zelenskyy family paid tribute to the activists who lost their lives during the Revolution of Dignity.
Volodymyr and Olena Zelenskyy, together with Maia Sandu, installed lamps to the cross on the Heavenly Hundred Heroes Alley in Kyiv.
They also paid tribute to the memory of the fallen activists near their portraits. A bell was rung in honour of the fallen participants of the Revolution of Dignity.
Sandu noted that she had arrived in Kyiv to meet with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the European Council Charles Michel. Michel's visit has not yet been officially announced.
"The agenda includes discussions on the next steps for Moldova and Ukraine's accession to the EU, strengthening regional security, as well as further EU support for reforms and development in our countries," Sandu said.
On 21 November, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Dignity and Freedom.
Earlier, the European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova start negotiations on accession to the European Union, but both countries must fulfil certain conditions. The European Union expects its future members to agree on a foreign policy vector and, in particular, to comply with the EU's sanctions policy.
Over the past year and a half, Moldova has joined four packages of sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia. However, at the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Moldova stated that it would not immediately join the sanctions against Russia.
As previously reported by The Gaze, Moldova's Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) has ordered the blocking of 31 Internet portals in the country, most of which are directly controlled from Russia. 21 websites on the list are managed from Russia. The blocked sites are also linked to fugitive oligarchs Ilan Shor and Vlad Plahotniuc.
In addition, Ukraine helped evacuate Moldovan citizens from Gaza. Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that 36 Moldovan citizens had been evacuated from Gaza to Moldova and thanked Romania and Ukraine for their assistance.