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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.

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IRI Survey: 46% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union, 36%- Eurasian Union

16 July 2018- The International Republican Institute published a new poll on the social-political opinions of Moldovan people.

The poll reflects increased interest of Moldovans in participating in the next parliamentary elections:

The Moldovans seem to be driven by dissatisfaction with the pace of change:

Here are few of the data of the poll we thought are interesting:

PDF version of the poll:

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MAE: Romania attaches great importance to Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine’s political association with EU

Romania attaches great importance to speeding up the economic integration and political association of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine with the European Union, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) quotes Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu as saying at an EU meeting on Monday.

Melescanu attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels that discussed the Eastern Partnership, and Libya.

“With regard to the Eastern Partnership, the foreign ministers reviewed the latest developments in meeting the 20 concrete results to be achieved by 2020 as set by the European summit of November 24, 2017. Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu reiterated Romania’s support for the consolidation of the Eastern partnership and the EU’s relationship with all the six partner states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to implement the reforms and policies of the Agenda 2020 to the direct benefit of the citizens. He underlined the major importance attached by Romania to the further development of additional co-operation ways with the three countries that have concluded association agreements with the EU (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine) in order to speed up the political association and economic integration of these countries with the European Union, aiming to ensure stability, security and prosperity in the region. He highlighted the priority that will be given to this file under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019,” according to MAE.

The meeting offered the ministers the opportunity to address the latest domestic developments in Libya, focusing on political and security levels, as well as migration issues.

Melescanu reiterated Romania’s position on the EU’s efforts to support the UN plan of action to identify an inclusive political solution, sustainable stabilisation and internal security in Libya.

According to MAE, a working lunch allowed for an exchange of views on regional developments in the Korean Peninsula and highlighted the EU’s readiness to support the diplomatic process aimed at denuclearising the peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation. Melescanu underscored the importance of maintaining a constant commitment of all the players involved in the region to achieve concrete and sustainable results with full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

On the side-lines if the of the FAC meeting, Melescanu had a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security Federica Mogherini, informing about Romania’s interest in adequately marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019. At the same time, Melescanu highlighted the importance of the support of EU institutions and of the personal involvement of the European official in ensuring that this is a success story.

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Poll: PSRM- 49%, PPDA – 15%, PDM – 13% and PAS – 11%

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

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