The roundtable "Ukraine and Moldova, complex but promising relations" was held on September 19, 2016 at the Center for International Studies, ONU.

The event was organized by the Regional Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus, the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian prism" and the Institute of Social Sciences ONU with support of the “UA: Ukraine Analytica” journal.

During the presentations and discussions, participants - leading Ukrainian and Moldovan experts, as well as NGO representatives - discussed the prospects for improvement of bilateral relations, analyzing the following questions:

  • Security problems in the region;
  • Transnistrian settlement;
  • Bilateral relations in the context of European integration and EU initiatives, including the Danube strategy, cross-border cooperation;
  • Prospects for the transformation of bilateral relations after the elections in Moldova and the territory of the unrecognised PMR;
  • The role of ethnic minorities.

Sergei Glebov at the beginning of his speech touched upon the issue of global relations in the context of cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova on prevention of common threats. The most acute of them - "Russian factor" that accompanies with the force scenario the actual collapse of the Soviet Union, which according to Sergei Glebov is still continuing through the struggle for real sovereignty by such countries as Moldova and Ukraine. Russian opposition to NATO and the United States is impossible without allies, and both countries were expected to play this role. That's why after the failure of the attempt to trap Kyiv and Chisinau into its military-political and economic blocs Russia has tried to block the integration of both countries into the integration structures of the West by means of ongoing destabilization and military presence, by annexation.

Iryna Maksymenko underlined that current level of relations does not meet the needs of both countries and the region as a whole. Focusing on domestic issues and desired foreign policy goals for quite a while states proceeded the same path but followed the parallel tracks. Meanwhile, according to I. Maksymenko, the parties share common problems and tasks (security issues in the region, presence of conflict zones on their territories, energy dependence, Russian policy towards their return in the sphere of Kremlin's influence, implementation of the integration policy), which should serve as the basis for dialogue and enhanced cooperation. Particular attention should be paid to cooperation within the implementation of the association agreements and participation in the common EU policies. Finalizing the speech, speaker noted that the positive reputation of Ukraine and Moldova within EU projects, support from individual Member States of the Union and some progress in the area of migration, border management and human rights could facilitate for Kyiv and Chisinau the achievement of EU membership perspective with regard to Brexit.