European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says the EU will sign a major economic and political agreement with Moldova on June 27. He also warned against external pressure in remarks apparently aimed at Russia.
Van Rompuy was in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, Tuesday, saying Moldova belongs to Europe by its history, geography, and culture. He also said it is a key player to restore stability and boost much-needed prosperity in that part of the continent.
Van Rompuy said the EU rejects what he called any "external pressure" on Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Russia has more than 1,000 troops in Transdniestria - the breakaway Russian-speaking region of Moldova that declared independence in 1990 - a move that no other country, including Russia, has recognized.
The Association Agreement will bring Moldova another step closer to possible European Union membership.