Moldovan President Maia Sandu said at a briefing that in the context of a regional security crisis, it is necessary to accelerate the process of European integration of the republic.

On February 24, the Moldovan parliament imposed a state of emergency for 60 days due to the situation in Ukraine and threats to Moldova’s security.

“I discussed the situation with world leaders, who assured us of the recognition of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Moldova. In these difficult times for Moldova, European integration is the main guarantee that our country will remain part of the free world… At these moments, the acceleration of the European integration process is more important for us than ever,” Sandu said.

She added that the Moldovan authorities will make efforts to “consolidate” the republic in the space of European values.

Sandu said that the republic is making a lot of efforts to help Ukrainian refugees. The international community is ready to support the country in these efforts, representatives of various countries promised to send humanitarian aid to Moldova in the near future.