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A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Moldova

Summary

The United States recognized Moldova’s independence on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Moldova, 1991.

The United States recognized Moldova’s independence on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Moldova previously had been a constituent republic of the USSR.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1992.

Diplomatic relations were established when President George H.W. Bush and Moldovan President Mircea Snegur agreed to do so during a February 18, 1992 meeting at the White House. The Bush administration confirmed February 18 as the date relations were established in a statement issued the next day.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Chisinau, 1992.

The American Embassy in Chisinau was established on March 13, 1992, with Howard Steers as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Moldova
  • Department of State Country Information: Moldova