During the talks in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Moldova Maia Sandu called energy, infrastructure and transit priority areas for a common economic impetus.
The parties noted the importance of joint struggle against smuggling on the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, in particular on the Transnistrian section.
"This is a really important area of cooperation, taking into account, in particular, our willingness to integrate into the common market with the European Union," the President of Ukraine said in a statement following a meeting.
He also noted numerous developments to deepen cooperation in the energy sector.
"This is an increase in the storage of Moldovan natural gas in Ukrainian storage facilities, projects for the transit of European gas through Moldova to Ukraine, the resumption of electricity supply to Moldova and the transit of electricity from Ukraine to Romania through Moldova," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
The President of Ukraine also stressed that the ambitious project of building a modern highway connecting Kyiv and Chișinău will reduce travel time between the capitals to five or six hours, which will intensify trade, simplify transit and improve people-to-people contacts.
For her part, the President of Moldova noted that during a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy the parties had agreed to intensify the dialogue between the relevant institutions of the two countries, including the continuation of the activities of the working groups and bilateral sectoral commissions on current issues. In particular, the parties discussed the need to find solutions to the issues of ensuring security at the common state border, environmental protection, cooperation in the energy sector, mutual recognition of property rights in accordance with international law and in the interests of both countries, development of bilateral trade, liberalization of international traffic between Ukraine and Moldova, as well as operation of the Dniester HPP.
"We have agreed to speed up the search for a solution to the issue of ensuring mutual travel with ID that would benefit the citizens of both countries," Maia Sandu emphasized.