We see a future for Moldova where it has equally strong relations with Europe, with Ukraine, with Russia and where in fact it is a bridge of trade and commerce and education and strength across this space.
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VOICE: The United States strongly supports Moldova, its future in Europe, and its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
From its first pluralistic elections in 1994 until today, Moldova has successfully transitioned to a stable parliamentary democracy.
Since then, the United States has worked closely with Moldova to sustain and develop its democracy and economy, as well as support Moldova’s efforts to overhaul its energy sector.
From 1992 until today, the United States has provided nearly $1.2 billion in assistance to Moldova, including over $22 million in 2013. This assistance has supported an array of democratic, economic, justice-sector, and other reforms that advance Moldova’s European integration.
This assistance also includes a five-year $262 million Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, through which the United States is rebuilding 93 kilometer of road in northern Moldova, and will rehabilitate a number of Moldova’s irrigation systems.
During her recent visit to Moldova’s capital Chisinau, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland announced that the United States will provide another $10 million to improve the capacity of Moldova’s border security. In a press conference announcing the assistance, Assistant Secretary Nuland stated that the “United States strongly supports the trajectory that Moldova has chosen in strengthening its relationship with Europe.”
Regarding Moldova’s role in the region, Assistant Nuland said that “We see a future for Moldova where it has equally strong relations with Europe, with Ukraine, with Russia and where in fact it is a bridge of trade and commerce and education and strength across this space, linking Europe and Russia and Ukraine and providing a better future not only for Moldovans, but for people throughout this neighborhood. That’s our shared vision. “
Assistant Secretary Nuland then reconfirmed that the United States and Moldova’s shared goals of strengthening the Moldovan economy and democracy, as well as “providing good, clean government for the people of Moldova are the same goals of for Moldova’s European integration path. These are mutually reinforcing processes.”