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Moldova Parliament speaker points at possible “evaluation of damage made by Russian troops presence”, Russia officials enraged

In an interview for Latvijas Avize, quoted by Newsmaker, the speaker of Moldova’s Parliament, Andrian Candu, declared that the Moldovan authorities intend to contract an international juridical firm to evaluate the damage made by the military presence of the Russian troops in the last 25 years.

The Democrat told the Latvian online paper that the Russian Federation holds around 2000 soldiers in the Transnistrian region of Moldova, calling the troops- “occupation troops”:

“The Russian military units represent a security threat because of its illegal presence, as it happens with the presence of the Russian army in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Eastern Ukraine”, says Candu, mentioning that Russia violates the international law and caused damages of billions. Asked by the Latvian journalists about the evaluation of Soviet occupation damage, the Parliament speaker confessed that it might be a sensitive issue for the society, despite deportations, famine and other crimes committed by the Communist authorities.

The first Russian official to react to Candu’s statement was Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Deputy Prime-Minister and Putin’s Special Representative for the Transnistrian conflict:

“Over the past year, the Moldovan authorities have taken so many Anti-Russian actions, so many mistakes have been made in their foreign policy, that now it is not clear how they are going to take it all back”, said Rogozin in a Facebook post.

The members of the Russian Federation Council also had to say something on the topic. Frantz Klinkevich declared that it is Russia who needs to propose a “paycheck” to Moldova on the work of the peacekeepers in Moldova:

“I think that Russia is right to give Moldova a reciprocal paycheck. The Russian peacekeepers are fulfilling an important function in this region, preventing an inevitable armed conflict in their absence, which is obviously related to financial expenditures, not some small ones”, said Klinkevich, pointing out that Moldova is a bankrupt country and cannot pay the services of the peacekeepers.

Another member of the Federation Council, Aleksey Pushkov, tweeted that the Moldovan authorities want billions for a “mythical occupation of Transnistria”:

“In Moldova (they) want to get billions from Russia for the mythical “occupation of Transnistria”? A typical logic of parasites: to fake a pretext and to cry “give money”! Attempts meant for failure. They shouldn’t even think. This way, one can get out of the Russian market and lack it totally”, said the senator from Permskaya oblast.

Note: Besides the 402 so-called peacekeepers, Russia holds the Operative Group of the Russian Forces in the Transnistrian region of Moldova containing approximately 1200 regular soldiers, mainly recruited among locals. The Group is the new shape of the former 14th Guards Army of the Soviet Union that is illegally stationed in Transnistria after the collapse of SU. The Group and the Peacekeeping Mission are strongly interconnected through the rotation of troops between them and both contain local Transnistrian men with Russian passports, despite their neutrality claims.

The Republic of Moldova addressed the United Nations with the request to include the issue of the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping forces from Transnistria to the agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. In a letter from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN, Victor Moraru stated that the presence of Russian troops “constitutes a danger to the maintenance of international peace and security.” The subject was due to be discussed in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on 23 October but then was delayed by the Moldovan Representative to the UN.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy. Inquiries at [email protected]

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A group of Democratic Party deputies demanded temporary suspension of President Igor Dodon

President Igor Dodon is on the brink of his fourth temporary suspension after he repeatedly refused to appoint two candidates as ministers.

Today, a group of deputies of the Democratic Party submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, requesting “a statement of the circumstances justifying the interim president of the Republic of Moldova in order to overcome the constitutional blockade generated by the deliberate refusal to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the appointment of some members of the Government.”

Reminder: Although Prime Minister Pavel Filip declared he will insist on the two candidatures, Igor Dodon refuses to sign the decrees for the appointment of the new ministers proposed by PDM. Dodon said that Silvia Radu, proposed for the position of Minister of Health, would not be a specialist in the given field, and Nicolae Ciubuc, who was promoted to the Minister of Agriculture, would have problems of integrity.

Silvia Radu, proposed as Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection

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Dodon refuses to appoint the two ministers. PM Filip will ask the CCM to suspend the president

The political spectacle continues. President Igor Dodon sent a letter to Prime Minister Pavel Philip informing him that he did not accept to nominate the two candidates for the positions of Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection (Silvia Radu), as well as agriculture and food industry (Nicolae Ciubuc), proposed by the Democratic Party.

“I think everyone has to deal with what they’re better at. One needs to understand the difference between paracetamol and aspirin,” the head of state said.

Moreover, Igor Dodon believes that this is done in order to launch these candidates in the election campaign later on.

In reply, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that President Igor Dodon’s refusal to accept the two proposed ministers is a new violation of the Constitution.

“We will address the Constitutional Court to call for a solution to this institutional blockage that the head of state is trying to provoke,” the prime minister declared.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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