Moldovan Foreign Minister: ‘Everyone in Europe Less Secure’

Moldova’s Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said that “everyone in Europe feels less secure than just two months ago,” before a meeting with his US counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington. 

The foreign ministers discussed ongoing efforts to strengthen Moldova’s energy security, its democratic reforms, and its response to the refugee crisis brought about by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Blinken said Moldova’s humanitarian response to the refugees was “extraordinary.” 

The UN has estimated that Moldova has taken more than 400,000 refugees from Ukraine since the start of the invasion and that about four percent of Moldova’s population are refugees. 

Blinken emphasized that the US would continue to assist Moldova in addressing the economic impacts of the crisis and in advancing democratic reforms.

“Since February 24, the United States has committed more than $30 million in humanitarian assistance to support the humanitarian response in Moldova and $100 million in development assistance to strengthen its long-term democratic and economic resiliency,” Blinken said in a statement.

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