Tens of thousands of people gathered in Moldova’s capital Chisinau on Sunday to show their support for closer ties with the European Union.
It comes a few weeks before a summit in Lithuania where Moldova hopes to sign a partnership agreement with the EU.
Moldovan President, Nicolae Timofti, told the crowds:“The European integration is a chance to rebuild our economy, improve the quality of life and ensure prosperity of all citizens, to build a society with a clear vision.”
The rally was organised by the Moldovan government which wants to send a clear message to Brussels.
However the country is under pressure from Russia which says closer ties with the EU would have “serious consequences” for Moldovan workers in Russia and the export of its goods.