CHISINAU, Nov 16 Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s dog bit the head of the Austrian state Alexander Van der Bellen by the hand after the meeting of leaders in Chisinau, TVR Moldova TV channel reports.
The President of Austria is on a working visit to Chisinau, the program includes meetings with the leaders of the Moldovan state, in particular with Sandu. In addition to the negotiations, the head of Moldova and her Austrian counterpart intend to take part in the Moldovan-Austrian business forum, organized by the chambers of commerce and industry of both countries. It will take place on November 17.
“The dog Codruc was taken into care after it was hit by a car. When the President of Austria tried to pet him, he bit him on the hand,” the TV channel's report says.
The incident occurred when the leaders were walking in the courtyard of the administration building of the President of Moldova. Later, at a meeting with the chairman of the parliament of the republic, Igor Grosu, the President of Austria was seen with his hand covered with a plaster.
Earlier, van der Bellen wrote on his account on the social network X that Austria supports Moldova on its path to joining the European Union.
The President of Moldova signed an application for the republic's accession to the European Union in March last year, noting that the process of European integration needs to be accelerated. The heads of state and government of the European Union at the summit in Brussels on June 23 approved the granting of candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova for joining the union. The European Commission has put forward nine conditions for Moldova that the country must fulfill in order to join the EU.