Europe can only be stronger if it forges closer ties with Russia, Moldova’s president claimed in an exclusive interview with Euronews.
Igor Dodon called for more economic cooperation between Moscow and Brussels, who have been embroiled in a sanctions war since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
He told Euronews the European Union needed fresh ideas and that his proposition would unite members of the bloc.
“I think Russia could help the EU be stronger, Europe to be stronger,” Dodon said during the interview in Chisinau.
“Let’s be honest: a strong Europe without the Russian Federation cannot be,” he added.
“I believe in a big Europe, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. It was Charles de Gaulle who came with this idea and it’s repeated often by various world leaders. I think this is the only solution to make Europe stronger to face the growing future challenges.”
Ex-Soviet state Moldova, situated between Ukraine and Romania, signed a political and trade agreement with the EU in 2014, angering Russia. But Chisinau has also been looking to the East and has observer status with the Russia-dominated Eurasian Economic Union.
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