Mogherini: EU recognizes Moldova's new government

Mogherini: EU recognizes Moldova's new government

The European Union recognizes the coalition government in Moldova led by Maia Sandu, EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said in a joint statement.

"The respect for the rule of law and democracy should remain the pillars of our relations. This is also foremost what the citizens of the Republic of Moldova expect and deserve," the statement reads.

The EU representatives called the country's parties and people for calmness and restraint.

Moldova has entered unexpected political tensions since Saturday, when the Socialist Party and the pro-European Union ACUM alliance signed an agreement to form a governing coalition.

Both sides also convened a special parliamentary session, at which the deputies of the Socialists and ACUM, which together control 61 seats out of the 101-seat parliament, elected Socialists' leader Zinaida Greceanii as President of Parliament and approved a new government led by Maia Sandu, leader of the ACUM alliance.