CHISINAU, June 24. /TASS/. Moldova is ready to join any new sanctions against Russia, parliament speaker Igor Grosu said in an interview with Moldova 1 television on Friday.
"We will show solidarity with the EU, as our status and European aspirations oblige us. Of course, we will join [any new sanctions] meant to stop the military operation. <…> We are seeking to contribute to this [goal] by any diplomatic means," Grosu said following a decision by the EU heads of state and government on Thursday to grant his country and Ukraine a candidate status.
Earlier this week, Nicu Popescu, Moldova’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, said the East European nation could not fully join anti-Russian sanctions due to its weak economy. Moldova has been adhering to the sanctions mostly in finance and banking, he added.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier had raised doubts over the ex-Soviet republic’s commitment to its neutral status and partnership with Russia due to certain steps and statements by Chisinau. She pointed to its restrictions in the re-export of Russian goods and sanctions against Russian media.