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Dodon’s “undiplomatic” response to US, Romania Ambassadors on why he blocked Moldova’s participation in Platinum Eagle exercise



The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, apparently did not inform in advance the Romanian authorities about his decision to block the participation of Moldovan soldiers in “Platinum Eagle” exercise at Smârdan, Romania. This can be deducted from the confidential letter sent jointly by the Romanian Ambassador in Moldova, Daniel Ioniță, and the US Ambassador, James D. Pettit, to the Moldovan Presidency, published by

In their letter, Ioniță and Pettit are expressing their concern about the “unfriendly attitude” shown by Dodon towards the “substance, engagement and contributions” of the USA and Romania to the consolidation of institutional capacity of Moldova. The Ambassadors stress that the decision to block the participation of the Moldovan Army at the joint exercise would not allow to ensure a necessary degree of training of the Moldovan troops, 80% dependable on the external acitivities.

Dodon responded in a less diplomatic way, claiming that the Presidency of Moldova does not accept comments from the exterior or any interference in its activity or the made decisions.

Referring to the Constitution, the sovereignty and independence of Moldova, Igor Dodon demands Ambassadors to “not give lessons to the President of the Republic of Moldova in the future, especially when it comes to his constitutional attributions and other domains”. Rather impolitely than sarcastically, Dodon doubts whether the states the Ambassadors represent would claim the same thing about things like the deployment of troops:

“I would like to see the reaction of the White House or Palatul Cotroceni to an eventual comment, like this one, of the the ambassadors of the Republic of Moldova at Washington or București”, says the Moldovan President.

In the end, he reiterates the idea that Moldova is a sovereign and independent state that pledges for good relations with absolutely all states of the world.

Dodon’s harsh response was criticized by his former Presidential counter-candidate, Maia Sandu, who declared that he damages the relations with the partners of Moldova:

“The correspondence of Dodon with the US and Romania ambassadors demonstrates how damaging can his ignorance and arrogance be for the national interests of the Republic of Moldova. A small country like ours can promote its interests at regional and international level only through a smart external policy, not by showing personal frustrations and lack of respect towards the partners of the country. Moreover, he deprived the Moldovan soldiers of the possibility to participate at exercises. The regime Plahotniuc-Dodon continues to suppress the state institutions and to discredit us on external plan”, says Sandu in a Facebook post.

Dodon motivated the refusal to allow deployment of troops to the joint exercise “Platinum Eagle 2017” with the lack of an approved Defense Minister (Anatol Șalaru was dismissed) and lack of arguments in favor of the participation.

„Platinum Eagle 17.1” (2017) brings together 500 troops from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the USA and Ukraine during February 20-March 1.

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The entry procedure on the left bank of the Nistru River will be simplified



The leader of the self-proclaimed Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselski, signed an order establishing simplified control procedures at the entrance to the region. The decision comes in the context of winter holidays. The simplified procedures will be valid for the period December 30 – January 15, IPN reports on the regional press.

Krasnoselski also wanted to temporarily open additional ways of crossing the means of transport with passengers through the following points: Valea Adâncă-Zagnitkov, Ploti-Krutîe, Vinogradnoe-Novîi Butorî, Gruşca-Nemirovka, Krasnî Oktiabri-Vetrujeni, Raşcov-Vadul -Rascov, Ţîbulevka-Ţehanovka, Teia-Calfa.

Passengers, citizens of Ukraine and of the Republic of Moldova, will present the identity document or the document confirming the residence visa in one of the neighboring localities. Also, at all checkpoints, a simplified regime of goods verification will be applied during this period, except for those that are forbidden in the Transnistrian region.

Source: IPN

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Chișinău and Tiraspol sign protocols to solve issues of Latin script schools, telecommunication, diploma recognition and land ownership



On November 25th, the political negotiators of the Republic of Moldova and the separatist Transnistrian administration met in Bender to discuss technical issues ahead of the upcoming 5+2 negotiations in Vienna.

Accompanied by 5+2 mediators and observers, Reintegration Minister George Balan and the so-called “foreign minister” Vitalyi Ignatiev signed 4 protocols elaborated at the expert groups level. The protocols focus on 4 key issues:

  • Recognition of diplomas issued by education institutions in the Transnistrian region– the parties agreed to Chișinău accepting (apostillation) a neutral diploma issued in Transnistria;
  • Elimination of barriers in the telecommunication domain- establishing a direct connection of fixed and the mobile telephone network, as well as internet, after the negotiations between operators on both banks of Nistru river;
  • Elimination of barriers to the functioning of Romanian language (Latin script) schools in Transnistria- setting minimal rent and utility prices for the buildings rented out to these schools, setting 10 years as the minimal rent period for the buildings, providing the adjacent lands in use to the schools, providing conditions for free movement of teachers and pupils of these schools, but also the needed materials for their functioning;
  • Allowing farmers to use their lands across Tiraspol-Camenca road in Dubăsari district- applying the “2006 Mechanism” of distributing the lands to those persons owning them initially, stopping the use of lands by Transnistrian firms or persons (2014 distribution), stopping the penal cases against the latter by Chișinău.

Solutions to these problems are expected to be delivered by the joint expert groups.

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2017 Eastern Partnership Summit ends: EU encourages EaP countries to continue reforms, acknowledges “European choice” of MD, UA, GE



Representatives of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the representatives of the European Union and the Heads of State or Government and representatives of its Member States have met in Brussels on 24 November 2017. During their meeting, they agreed on a joint declaration on the Eastern Partnership.

The declaration, however, does not bring new dimensions to the Eastern Partnership. Everyone reconfirmed their commitment and the high importance they attach to the Partnership. The EU, in particular, reaffirmed its commitment to support the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all its partners- a hint on Ukraine’s hybrid war with Russia. Due to the fact that 5 out of 6 EaP countries have such problems, the Summit participants called for renewed efforts to promote the peaceful settlement of unresolved conflicts, though not named in the declaration, in the region on the basis of international law.

In the declaration, the European Union and its Member States acknowledged the European aspirations and European choice of partners who signed association agreements with the EU, namely Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine; while recognizing the right for other partners to choose the level of ambition they aspire to in their relations with the EU. Some compared these statements as being too similar to those from the Riga Summit in 2015.

The 20 deliverables for 2020 framework was welcomed as the way to improve the lives of citizens of the Eastern European states in four priority areas with a focus on good governance, better transport links, energy security, independent media and people mobility.

The European Council President, Donald Tusk, made it clear that the Eastern Partnership will develop on both economic and societal dimensions:

“We want to reinforce Eastern Partnership cooperation in a number of specific areas such as small and medium-sized enterprises, digital economy, broadband investments, and investments in transport, energy and infrastructure projects. The list is long. But above all, we want to strengthen links between our citizens and give more support to civil society”, said Tusk, alongside with Estonia’s PM Juri Ratas and EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker at the closing press conference.

In the margins of the summit, the EU and Armenia signed a Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, as well as an Aviation Agreement.

Moldova’s Prime-Minister Pavel Filip underlined that this EaP Summit was important for all the partners to reevaluate the partnership, its aims, and its future. According to him, the Partnership is very important for Moldova in this critical period of difficult reforms unpopular decisions. However, at the arrival in the morning, Filip, did not approach the journalists and just passed them smiling, as compared to representatives of other states.

The EaP was launched in 2009 to promote the political association and economic integration between the EU and the six Eastern European partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

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