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29 September 2014 | 11:14
Natalia Gherman: Moldova intends to apply for EU membership in 2015
Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman said Thursday in a meeting with Moldovan Diaspora in the states of New York and New Jersey, USA, that Moldova intends to submit an application for EU membership in 2015, reported Radio Free Europe, on its website on Saturday, quoted by Mediafax.
Speaking about relations that Chisinau has with the European Union, head of the Moldovan diplomacy said that whenever discussing with EU officials she asks for Moldova to be treated differently from the other states of the Eastern Partnership, both based on errors and reforms it implements.

Since 2009, Moldova's foreign policy has not been characterized by fluctuations between East and West, Chisinau strategic partners are the European Union’s countries, she said.

Moreover, Moldova intends to apply for EU membership in 2015, said the Moldovan minister.

Earlier this month, the LDP leader Vlad Filat told a rally in Chisinau that his party would "make Moldova a full member of the EU. In 2020, Moldova will be ready to join the EU ". At the same meeting, Gherman announced that she joined the Liberal Democratic Party.

Asked Thursday at a meeting with the Diaspora why Moldova is still part of the CIS, the deputy prime minister said it participates only in economic and humanitarian institutions of that organization. Chisinau has never participated in political and security institutions.

Meanwhile, she said, given the crisis in Ukraine, Moldova is very vulnerable because of the neutrality provided by the Constitution. The status of neutrality can only be changed through a national referendum. However, Moldova needs to learn from the experience of the Baltic countries in Central and South East, said Gherman.

Asked about the relationships that the Republic Moldova has with the Russian Federation, Natalia Gherman said the government predicted that Russia would impose penalties for Moldova, as a result of signing the Association and Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. We did not expect, however, that Russia will impose a total embargo on Moldovan agricultural products. Now, she said, there are intense diplomatic efforts to find less traditional markets for Moldova, countries such as India or the Middle East.
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