European Political Community Summit in Moldova: Updates on Ukraine’s NATO Membership and Anti-Russia Strategies

2023-06-01 12:33:00

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Von: Stefan Krieger and Franziska Schwarz

Experts see Moldova as a “breeding ground” for Kremlin boss Putin. Now Europeans from 50 countries come together. Volodymyr Zelenskyj also takes part. The news ticker.

Update from June 1st, 2:03 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his allies at the European summit in Moldova for support with modern fighter jets and Patriot anti-missiles. Military support to Ukraine now depends on two components: “a patriot coalition that puts an end to Russia’s ballistic missile extortion and a coalition of modern warplanes that proves that terror has no chance against our citizens”. said Zelenskyj on Thursday in the opening session in front of almost 50 heads of state and government in Bulboaca.

Summit in Moldova: Ukraine ready for NATO membership

Update from June 1, 12:30 p.m.: According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine is ready to join NATO. People are now waiting to see when NATO will be ready to accept Ukraine, said Zelenskyy on Thursday at the sidelines of the summit of the new European Political Community (EPG) in Moldova. “Ukraine is ready to be in NATO,” he said. The future of his country in the EU and security guarantees are also very important. The latter also applies to neighboring Moldova due to possible further aggression by Russia.

When asked about a possible peace summit for Ukraine, Zelenskyy said preparations were underway. Because you want to have as many countries as possible, no date has yet been set.

European summit in Moldova: Scholz and Macron plan meetings with Zelenskyj

Update from June 1, 11:30 a.m: Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj at the European summit in Moldova. This was announced on Thursday (June 1) from the German delegation. For Scholz and Selenskyj, it is the third personal encounter within three weeks: in mid-May, the Ukrainian head of state was in Berlin for the first time since the Russian war of aggression began, and a few days later he saw Scholz at the G7 summit in Japan.

According to German information, Scholz and Macron will also try to contribute to a de-escalation in the Kosovo conflict. The two want to speak separately with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovan President Vjosa Osmani. The Chancellor arrived in the Moldovan capital Chisinau in the morning. The European Political Community (EPG) summit will be held in the nearby Mimi Castle, just 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Europe summit in Moldova: Selenskyj takes part

Update from June 1, 8:50 a.m: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj personally attends the summit of the new European Political Community (EPC) in Moldova. Zelenskyj was welcomed by Moldova’s President Maia Sandu on Thursday at Mimi Castle in Bulboaca.

He wrote via the short message service Telegram: “Today we work in Moldova. Participation in the Summit of the European Political Community. Many bilateral meetings. We develop a coalition of fighters and offer a coalition of “patriots”. EU, NATO, peace formula. Anything to protect our future.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy personally attends the summit. © dpa/Ukrainian Presidentia

Update from June 1, 6:04 a.m: Heads of state and government from almost 50 countries are meeting in Moldova today (June 1st): The European Political Community (EPG) is meeting in Bulboaca for its second summit. The EPG goes back to an idea by French President Emmanuel Macron. The aim of this format is for EU countries to improve their cooperation with other European countries.

On the sidelines of the summit, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to mediate again in crises together with Macron. Both want to meet the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo after recent clashes in northern Kosovo.

Moldau summit with Scholz & Co. on Thursday: “Mega Event”

Chancellor Scholz hopes for signs “against Russian imperialism”

“Moldova is not alone” – this is the motto of the summit to which the heads of state and government of 47 European countries and the heads of the EU institutions are expected to attend on Thursday (June 1). A sign is to be sent to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin from Ukraine’s neighboring country.

The summit will take place symbolically at Mimi Castle, just a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) expects the summit to send a clear signal “against Russian imperialism”, as a spokesman in Berlin said.

Moldova summit: Volodymyr Zelenskyj on the guest list

The former Soviet Republic of Moldova has not only been subject to attacks from Moscow since the Ukraine war. Transnistria is a region on Moldova’s eastern border that is ruled by pro-Russian separatists. Russia has soldiers stationed there, and there is a great fear of attempted coups.

Under the keyword “#MoldovaIsNotAlone” (“Moldova is not alone”), politicians made statements about the summit on Twitter, above all French President Emmanuel Macron. “We are talking about energy, migration, security, defence, infrastructure and geopolitics in Moldova,” he announced in a cellphone video. “Because we share a continent.”

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also on the guest list. His participation has not been confirmed for security reasons.

Moldova’s EU accession: Government hopes for fast track procedure

The pro-European government under President Maia Sandu is also hoping for a signal at the summit for fast-track EU accession by 2030, alongside Ukraine. However, this topic is not the focus at Mimi Castle, according to EU representatives in Brussels.

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