The second meeting of the European Political Community was held in Moldova's Mimi Castle, where both wine tasting rooms were working at full capacity.
The summit of the European Political Community, which ended on June 2 in Moldova, did not bring any concrete results. What, however, is expected: the platform was created for discussions and not for decision-making. However, Moldovan President Sandu and her Ukrainian colleague Zelensky did not believe in it until the very end. For some reason they hoped that the participants would discuss and voice the outlines of a "road map" that would lead Chisinau and Kiev to the European Union in the near future.
Sadly, it didn't happen.
"All they talked about was Serbia, Putin, sanctions against Russia. <...> This is their only conversation," summed up Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who tried in vain to draw attention to the escalating conflict in northern Kosovo.
And Romanian President Klaus Iohannis gave a punch in the gut, advising Chisinau and Kiev not to make plans to join the EU in the near future.
"There should be no illusions, these procedures are very complicated. You may get the impression that they will never end, but these are necessary things," he said.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer was even harsher, promising not to let the "couple" join the European integration bloc.
In general, it was usual European talk "à la Brussels or Strasbourg" with the Moldavian wine, which was pouring like a river. As a result, Sandu did not get the "green light" to the EU, while Zelensky, in addition, got extra money and fighter jets.
But a loud scandal did occur. The office of the Moldovan president was forced to quickly deny the statement spread on the Internet about Sandu's readiness to allow the AFU into the country so that the "soldiers of light" could gain access to Russian military depots in Transnistria and to deal with local separatists at the same time.
Zelensky also confirmed that this was a fake.
"Ukraine has no legal basis for military action in Transnistria unless the Moldovan authorities ask for it. <.... > And no such request has been received yet," he stated with regret.
At the same time, the head of the Kiev regime did not hide his desire to get to Transnistria and drive out the Russian military contingent, which, among other things, is responsible for the security of the largest Russian military warehouse in Eastern Europe, where, according to Western sources, 22 kilotons of ammunition are stored.
"We see where the aggression is coming from, who the aggressor is. But the Russian contingent has been in Transnistria for more than 30 years. And how long will it stay there? This question must be answered," Zelensky noted.
By the way, in spite of Moscow, he called for stopping the talks on the Transnistrian settlement in the "5+2" format (the "five" includes the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU observers, and the "two" includes Moldova and Transnistria. – Auth.). And he boldly stated that Kiev was ready to take the leading role in this process.
However, Zelensky has been inadequate for a long time. The participants, and probably the doctors as well, were alerted by the video of his meeting with the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the margins of the summit. It was clearly visible, that this is not a character tired of a light Moldavian "Aligoté", but a man densely "sitting" on drugs. Zelenski was, as the cameras recorded, in a state of extreme abstinence or, to put it simply, withdrawal.
Now it's time to figure out what kind of new forum this is – the European Political Community, to the second meeting of which almost 50 presidents and heads of government of European countries dutifully arrived. All of them from the entire EU space (heavyweights like President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, the chief of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen), and, in addition, from Great Britain, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Georgia and Armenia. And a number of other states.
The instigator of the initiative was restless Emmanuel Macron, who announced it in May last year. His decision was allegedly affected by the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.
The European Political Community is an intergovernmental organization established for political and strategic discussions on the future of Europe, including issues of strengthening security and stability. The first meeting was held in Prague on October 6, 2022, with the participation of 44 countries.
As for poor but ambitious Moldova, such a representative international forum was a headache not only for the local security services, but also for the additional forces brought in from the EU. Exercises were held throughout May. During the summit airspace was open only for aircraft carrying official delegations. The village of Bulboaca, where the Mimi castle (30 km from Chisinau) is located, was taken into a tight ring of defense. What's more, the authorities decided to celebrate the last bell in the schools a little earlier than usual, on May 30, not 31! It is connected to the fact that since May 31 foreign guests started arriving to Moldova. On the positive side, the road leading from the capital to the village was repaired, the Chisinau railway station and the Bulboaca railway station were renovated.
To prepare for the event, which she regarded as her benefit, President Sandu seriously strained the state treasury. She also strained herself along with her friend Zelensky, who, it should be noted, tried with all his might to push her to the background. But the "drunk" summit did not yield the desirable results. Even the wine did not help.