Barroso: Russia Should not Fear Moldova, Georgia’s EU AssociationWorld | June 13, 2014, Friday // 16:13| views
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) gestures at a meeting with the President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti (R) at the State Residence in Chisinau, Moldova, 12 June 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has reassured Russia that it has nothing to fear from Moldova and Georgia associating with the European Union.
"The association agreement is a positive agreement meant to add more momentum to Moldova's established international relations, not to compete with or intrude on Moldova's relations with any of its other partners, in particular Russia", Barroso said during his visit to the Moldovan capital Chisinau, cited by Euractiv.
Later on Thursday, the EC President visited Georgia, where he expressed his hopes that Russia's President Putin will stand by his words of not interfering with the association process.
Referring to the Ukraine crisis, Barroso once again outlined the need for "Russia to seize any military action in the region".
Moldova and Georgia are expected to sign Association Agreements with the EU on June 27.