Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President of the Republic of Moldova, Her Excellency Maia Sandu. The two leaders talked about security in Eastern Europe and the global repercussions of President Putin’s brutal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
In the face of Russian aggression and destabilizing activities such as disinformation, hybrid tactics, interference, and support for the Transnistria separatist region, the Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s support for Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Over 800,000 Ukrainians who were fleeing the devastation caused by President Putin’s full-scale invasion received shelter, safety, and other forms of humanitarian assistance from Moldova, which the Prime Minister praised for opening its doors.
By announcing a new initiative that will assist in increasing the capacity of Moldova’s National Police to provide security, particularly in areas with a high number of refugees and migrants, Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized Canada’s support for Moldova. Canada is helping the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with a new $2 million, 18-month project in Moldova through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs). The project will be crucial to the National Police of Moldova’s efforts to address security issues in communities with increased mobility and will assist them in providing training, equipment, and technical support.
The Prime Minister made the announcement that, in conjunction with the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada and through the Technical Assistance Partnership, Canada will send Canadian judges to Moldova to share best practices that improve institutional capacity as well as judicial accountability and integrity.
Canada likewise declared the expectation to lay out another arrangement of authorizations guidelines under the Extraordinary Financial Measures Act corresponding to Russia’s unlawful and merciless intrusion and control of Ukraine. These new guidelines will permit Canada to authorize people and related substances in Moldova who are committing deliberate common liberties infringement, jeopardizing global harmony and security, or who have taken part in huge demonstrations of defilement.
The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s support for Moldova’s anti-corruption agenda and domestic institutional reform efforts, as well as his support for Moldova’s path to EU membership.