On Thursday, during Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s visit with her Slovenian counterpart Natasa Pirk Musar, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen stressed that he would support Moldova’s EU accession efforts. “The future of the Republic of Moldova lies in a larger Europe,” Van der Bellen said at a later press conference. Maia Sandu said the visit was “a strong message of support”.
Just before these official statements, the Federal President of Austria, who is a dog owner himself, received a painful surprise: Codru Cod, the founding dog adopted by the Moldovan President in February, was also to welcome Alexander van der Bellen. Official residence – initially everything went well, there was a shared photo.
But when the 1.85 meter tall Federal President in his black coat leaned towards the dog lying on the ground, the animal became frightened – and screamed.
The bite must have been quite painful, at least that’s what the images in the video suggest: Van der Bellen quickly pulls his hand back and then looks at the wounds on his fingers. A short time later, according to Romanian media reports, the state guest was seen with his arm bandaged.
The President of the Republic of Moldova (pop. 2.5 million) immediately apologized for the incident. and said there were “a lot of people.” The Federal President probably shouldn’t get too angry: As we know, he also has a dog, the mixed-breed dog Julie – and as an owner, you know that a momentary stressful situation can sometimes take a toll on a dog. Can generate aggressive reaction.