Posted: 08.12.2022 13:56:00

Romania asked Ukraine to recognise Moldovan language as non-existent

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu appealed to Ukraine with a request to recognise the Moldovan language as non-existent, RIA Novosti reports


In April 2021, Ukraine recognised the identity of the Romanian and Moldovan languages. The Romanian side has already appealed to Kiev several times with a request to admit that no Moldovan language exists.

As explained by the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s press service, Mr. Aurescu held a bilateral meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, as part of the latter’s visit to Bucharest to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, "The ministers discussed the situation with critical infrastructure in Ukraine, especially energy related, also sharing views on the serious, widespread consequences for the civilian population. Equally important, Minister Aurescu recalled Romania’s repeated requests to the Ukrainian side to recognise the absence of the so-called Moldovan language.”

Mr. Aurescu assured that Romania will continue to help Ukrainian refugees at the political, diplomatic, humanitarian, economic and financial levels, adding that Bucharest will help the country with its recovery after the end of hostilities.

In 2013, the Constitutional Court of Moldova decided that Romanian is the official language in the country, while the local constitution reads that the Moldovan language is the state one. However, according to the Constitutional Court, the text of Moldova’s declaration of independence – in which Romanian is called the state language – prevails over the constitution of the country.