Within the framework of a working visit to Moldova Minister for the Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Vadym Chernysh met with Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova for Reintegration Cristina Lesnic. During the meeting, the sides discussed the areas of cooperation and outlined concrete steps for their implementation.
The parties also touched upon mechanisms for maintaining contacts with citizens living in the uncontrolled territory of Moldova and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the organization of work of checkpoints of entry-exit, as well as the access of international humanitarian organizations to the occupied territories.
The Minister placed a special emphasis on best practices of Ukraine in providing humanitarian assistance to citizens living on both sides of the demarcation line: "At present , Ukraine can provide assistance to citizens living in the occupied territories exclusively through international humanitarian organizations. We have simplified the procedures of crossing humanitarian cargos to the occupied territories, it concerns medicines, food products, building materials and reagents for water purification. We are consolidating all efforts to avoid a humanitarian disaster in the occupied territories, because we must protect the civilian population. It is incredibly important for Ukraine to share its experience, but at the same time, we would like to consider the Moldovan experience. We see common approaches, common personnel of the Russian Federation dealing with destabilization of the situation both in Moldova and in Ukraine. I believe that we all need to discuss the common challenges we face and to develop new mechanisms for the reintegration of our citizens into a single constitutional space.
During the meeting, the Moldovan side briefed the Ukrainian delegation on the work of the Joint Control Commission, as well as working groups discussing socio-economic, general legal, humanitarian and other issues
In the framework of the visit to Moldova Vadym Chernysh met with Minister of Defence of Moldova Eugen Sturza.
"Ukraine and Moldova should exchange their experience and pool efforts to shape the mechanisms of counteraction to hybrid methods of conflict management, which is used by Russia in our states. When we hear the phrase: " Peace at any price" this phrase is picked up by the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine and spreading among the media. However, we interpret as the "reintegration of the population and the occupied territories, stability, development, and the Russian Federation is a "truce and frozen conflict". The current experience of different countries is being studied to build its own mechanism of counteraction to Russian operations to destabilize Ukrainian society," Vadym Chernysh underscored.
In turn, the Minister of Defence of Moldova stressed that Moldova can share some of its best practices which could be applied by Ukraine to avoid mistakes in the future.