Moldovan President: Moldova wants to be with Romania by joining EU
Moldova wants to be with Romania in the European Union (EU). The statement belongs to Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti. In an interview with Eurodialogue.org, the President said that Moldova is already taking significant steps towards joining the EU.
“We would like to be together with Romania in the European Union. Until then, and also with the help of our brothers and partners from Romania, we are aligning our legislation, procedures, mentality. In other words, we are eliminating injustices that were committed since the installation of a wall on the Prut River, after the Second World War. People on both sides of Prut River have suffered as a result of that political decision,” Mr. Timofti said.
Moldova has strong ties with Romania. Historic Bessarabia consisted of today's Republic of Moldova, Northern Bucovina (today part of Ukraine) and Southern Bessarabia, Izmail town (also in Ukraine today).
In 1918, in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution, Bessarabia as a whole joined Romania and was part of the sovereign state of Romania until 1940, when the latter surrendered it to the Soviet Union under the secret provisions of the secret Pact signed between Hitler and Stalin. In Russian practice, Bessarabia as a noun was officially pushed out of use after 1940, when the central part of its territory became a Soviet republic, under the name of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic.
The former Soviet Republic gained its independence from the USSR on August 27, 1991. Ever since, it is called the Republic of Moldova.