"We must restore, 'fix' relations between our states after everything they went through in the last four years, during the presidency of Igor Dodon. Unfortunately, my predecessor not only failed to build relations with Ukraine but also, in fact, isolated our state," Sandu said.
She explained that there were a number of reasons to improve relations between the two countries: first, neighboring countries, second, both countries needed active work on rapprochement with the European Union, and third, there was the issue of "bilateral agenda." While answering questions about Crimea, the Moldovan leader called it Ukrainian.
"My position has not changed since we spoke about it back in 2016. Crimea is part of Ukraine. I respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine regarding Crimea. I spoke about this when I was prime minister, and I assure you that I will say exactly the same when I become president," she emphasized.
"I congratulate Maia Sandu on winning the presidential election in Moldova. I look forward to further strengthening of relations between Ukraine and Moldova for the European future of our peoples," reads the message.