CHISINAU, November 20 /TASS/. Moldova greeted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with protests on Thursday.
The Ukrainian leader is visiting Chisinau to meet Moldovan President Nicholae Timofti and attend a heads of state meeting where Polish President Bronislaw Komarowski will also be present. The demonstrators displayed posters saying “Bloody Pyotr” and “No to War.”
“Despite torrential rain, we have come here to protest to show that the Moldovan people are for peace and are condemning the war in Ukraine. Poroshenko is a president who chose to continue the bloodshed instead of stopping it,” Vyacheslav Valko, one of the action’s organizers, told TASS. He said the Moldovan police were doing everything to prevent Poroshenko from seeing the rally.
The visit is designed to demonstrate support for Moldova’s European aspirations, Komarowski and Poroshenko told a briefing in Chisinau early on Thursday. They expressed the hope that pro-European parties would win the parliamentary elections in Moldova on November 30 enabling the country to continue its rapprochement with the European Union.
President Timofti has awarded the presidents of Poland and Ukraine with the Order of the Republic, Moldova’s highest state award, to commend their contribution to developing friendly relations with Moldova and for their support in the international arena.
The latest opinion polls have revealed a rise in European skepticism in Moldova where the majority of the population wants to join the Customs Union, uniting Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Many analysts are predicting a defeat of pro-European parties in the forthcoming elections.