Klaus Iohannis: Romania provides electricity to Moldova, but a significant part goes through Ukraine. Direct interconnections are needed

Klaus Iohannis: Romania provides electricity to Moldova, but a significant part goes through Ukraine. Direct interconnections are needed
Klaus Iohannis: Romania provides electricity to Moldova, but a significant part goes through Ukraine. Direct interconnections are needed

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, in a press conference held during his visit to Lithuania, that Romania helps the Republic of Moldova with energy supply, but the interconnections between Romania and Moldova are “totally insufficient”.

“Regarding the interconnection between Romania and Moldova, I said it and the Government also said it: obviously we help the Republic of Moldova! So far, we have delivered everything that was needed, that is, everything that was asked of us. But these syncopes in the electricity supply occur for a very clear reason, and if you asked me, I want to elaborate a little. Direct interconnections between Romania and the Republic of Moldova are totally insufficient. This aspect has been neglected for years and, at the moment, even if Romania provides electricity to Moldova, a significant part goes through Ukraine and is, as such, exposed to these attacks”, said the president.

Iohannis stated that there is a need for direct interconnections between Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

“There is only one solution, more and better interconnections must be made, direct interconnections between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The same goes for gas, the same goes for road transport and so on.
I don’t want to try to explain why they haven’t been realized yet. The fact is that we are willing to help the Republic of Moldova, but the lack of interconnections of all kinds is a real problem at the moment. There are plans, they are being worked on, and I hope that in the short term, not in a few weeks, but in a relatively short time, these matters will be significantly improved, because in the medium and longer term, we can help The Republic of Moldova in an effective way only to the extent that these interconnections are made”, the president also declared.

The clarifications of Klaus Iohannis come in the context in which the energy supply of the Republic of Moldova has become a crucial problem after the Russian bombings on the energy infrastructure in Ukraine.

During the day on Wednesday, the Russian armed forces again massively attacked the Ukrainian energy system with 67 cruise missiles and 10 drones, and even if the Ukrainian air force managed to shoot down 51 missiles and 5 drones of them, the impact of the other weapons left Ukraine in the dark, with widespread blackouts that also affected the neighboring country of Moldova, with 2.6 million inhabitants.

After the Russian attacks in Ukraine, the electricity supply was interrupted throughout the Republic of Moldova, including the capital Chisinau, for the second time since November 15, when Russia launched the biggest attack against the Ukrainian power grid since the beginning of the invasion.

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, wrote on Facebook that “Russia has left Moldova in the dark.” “We cannot trust a regime that leaves us in the dark and cold, that intentionally kills people, out of the simple desire to keep other peoples in poverty and humiliation. However difficult it may be now, our only path, the future path of the Republic of Moldova, must remain towards the free world”, added Maia Sandu. For his part, the Moldovan foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, requested the urgent summoning of the Russian ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Oleg Vasnetsov, in order to express to him the energetic protest of the Republic of Moldova in relation to the bombing of the Ukrainian civil infrastructure.

Publisher: RK

The article is in Romanian

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