Moldovan President: "Russia, China were first to meet Moldova’s request to tackle coronavirus"

# 19:41
6 May 2020

Russia and China were the first countries to meet Moldova’s request to help it combat the coronavirus pandemic, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said in an interview, APA reports citing TASS.

"We should acknowledge that this pandemic has shown ‘who is who,’ who is a real friend and who will be always by our side in need, even if they also face hard time," Dodon said. "I will cite as an example Russia and China here because these were the first countries that responded to our request. Switzerland was the first European country that immediately made a decision to help us."

The Moldovan president noted that Russia provided an An-124 Ruslan cargo plane free of charge to deliver medicines and individual protection gear from China, for which Chisinau was very grateful to the Russian leadership. "Amid this challenge — and we understand that Russia is also facing a very difficult time — they made a decision on granting a loan under an earlier reached agreement," the Moldovan leader said. "So, this pandemic will certainly turn the tide. I will repeat: we have seen who is who and who is ready to offer a helping hand in a difficult situation."