Romania: EU should give Moldova a date for joining

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president says the European Union should give Moldova a date for joining the bloc, to give the former Soviet republic greater security.

President Traian Basescu said it would help to prevent the unrest in Ukraine and Crimea spreading to Moldova. "In the immediate future I will support Moldova receiving a time scale," for EU membership Basecu said Wednesday after meeting Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti in Iasi, near the Moldova border.

Moldova's pro-European government initialed a political and trade association agreement with the EU in November, but there was no date for membership. Both Moldovan and Romanian leaders have voiced concern about a pro-Russian separatist region in eastern Moldova where 1,500 Russian troops are stationed, fearing Russia may stoke tensions there after Crimea was annexed to Russia.

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