Moldova wants EU membership ‘as soon as possible’ due to Russian threat

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Moldova wants EU membership “as soon as possible” as protection against the threat from Russia and hopes for a decision to start negotiations “in the next months,” President Maia Sandu told AFP in an interview.

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The small nation of 2.6 million people, nestled between EU neighbor Romania and war-ravaged Ukraine, will on June 1 hold its first major summit of wider Europe, bringing leaders of all 27 EU countries with 20 neighbors of the bloc.

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