Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Ukraine
Abstract. The article succinctly delineates the origins and development of the history of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Moldova throughout the centuries. The author stresses that the latter represent about 600 years of cultural, religious, and scientific links between Ukrainians and Moldovans. The first high-profile ties were established circa the 17th century and were related to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi and Vasile Lupu, Voivode of Moldavia. Subsequently, further relations of the Ukrainian and Moldovan nations are embodied in the relations between the Ukrainian People’s Republic and Moldavian Democratic Republic in 1917–18. After both states declared independence in 1991, the official interstate relations were established between modern Ukraine and Moldova.
The author stresses that Orthodox Christianity as the prevailing religion of Moldovans and Ukrainians was a unifying factor for both nations. Petro Mohyla, Kyiv Metropolitan and brother of the Voivode of Moldavia, made a significant contribution to strengthening cultural relations between Moldova and Ukraine.
Twenty five years of diplomatic relations between Moldova and Ukraine have been intensive and fruitful. The author underlines that the two neigbours are closely cooperation in their integration to the EU in the face of new challenges and threats to regional security. Diplomatic, political, social and economic cooperation between the two states is rapidly developing.
It is underscored that the Republic of Moldova pays much attention to international cooperation on regional security issues. The author is glad that the position of his state is understood and supported by partners, namely by neighboring Ukraine. The author has no doubt that only by combining efforts can we effectively counter serious challenges and threats of modernity.
Key words: Moldova, Ukraine, diplomatic relations between Moldova and Ukraine, interstate relations, social and economic cooperation.