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Moldova President Igor Dodon visiting Putin: After next elections, I will ask for cancelling the Association Agreement with the EU

On January 17th, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, met Russia President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Moldo-Russian relations.

The Presidents reportedly talked on the Transnistrian conflict settlement, returning the Moldovan goods on the Russian market, situation of Moldovan working migrants in Russia, economic and commercial cooperation, but also that in the humanitarian and cultural spheres.

In a joint press conference with Putin, Dodon also declared that he would pledge to cancel the Association Agreement of Moldova with the European Union, if his former Socialists’ Party (PSRM) wins a majority at the next Parliament elections.

“I pledged for the cancelling of this Agreement. This document has brought nothing to the Republic of Moldova. We lost the Russian market. (…)

I don’t exclude that, after the next Parliamentary elections when I hope that PSRM will obtain a Parliamentary majority, this Agreement will be cancelled”, declared Dodon.

Moreover, Dodon said that he came with the initiative to sign a memorandum of collaboration with the Eurasian Union: “I proposed that in some weeks we adopt the document. It is a first step of re-approaching. I also asked mr. Vladimir Putin to examine the possibility for the Republic of Moldova to obtain the observer position in the Economic Position in the Euroasian Union”, added the Moldovan President.

In his turn, Putin welcomed Dodon’s visit and showed interest to discuss issues of market sharing, migrant managing and settlement of Transnistrian conflict.

“Moldova is an important partner of Russia in the region. Unfortunately, we know that the relations between our countries are not the best lately. The diminishing degree of (business) affairs by two times speaks about it. I hope that your first visit in Russia will be an impulse to the development of the relations on all dimensions. Surely I and my colleagues are congratulating you on the victory in the elections”, stressed Putin.

Both agreed to accelerate the negotiations process on solving the Transnistrian conflict.


The Presidents exchanged gifts as well. Thus, Dodon gave Putin a sculpture of former Moldovan ruler Dimitrie Cantemir and the Russian czar Peter the Great as a sign of “centuries’ friendship”.

On the other hand, Putin offered to Dodon a Battle chess table and a map of the old Moldavia kingdom. Dodon had for no reason to stress that once Moldova contained a part of the current Romania, while the latter contains now a part of Hungary.

Igor Dodon is conducting his first foreign visit as President in Moscow, Russia. He stressed for several times that the relations with Russia are crucial for Moldova.

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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Poll: Should elections unfold next Sunday, PSRM would garner 49 per cent, 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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“Let’s stop the dictator”: Protest in Chișinău against the invalidation of mayor election results

1 July 2018- Another protest called “Let’s stop the dictator!” is taking place today in Chișinău over the invalidation of election results, hence the mandate of Andrei Năstase as mayor-elect.

The protesters ask for the validation of the results of Chișinău mayor elections, suggesting that the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, obviously bothered by Năstase’s win, influenced the judicial decision. On June 29th, the Central Electoral Commission took the decision to invalidate the results, after Moldova’s Supreme Court annulled the results.

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On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
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Mogherini, Hahn: We expect the Moldovan authorities to take measures ensuring Chișinău election results are respected

27 June 2018- EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn made a statement on the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău.

According to Mogherini and Hahh, the “non-transparent invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău”, confirmed by Moldova’s Supreme Court on June 25th, “deprives the people of Chișinău of their democratically-elected mayor, Mr. Andrei Năstase(…)”. Moreover, it was not requested by any of the participants in the election.

“This decision undermines the trust of the Moldovan people in the state institutions. It is to be noted that none of the participants of the electoral process asked for the annulation of the elections.”

The European officials reminded that the independence of the justice system is one of the conditions of the current EU-Moldova Association Agreement:

An independent judiciary, free from any political pressure, ruling in a transparent manner, as well as credible, inclusive and transparent elections at all levels are pillars of any democracy. Respect for democratic values and the rule of law are also at the heart of the European Union’s relations with the Republic of Moldova, as our Association Agreement testifies.
The European Union expects the Moldovan authorities to guarantee judicial independence in line with its international commitments as one of the key principles of the rule of law, a crucial element of democracy, and a long-standing expectation of the Moldovan citizens.
In the end, Hahn and Mogherini are asking the Moldovan authorities to take “appropriate measures” to ensure the election results are respected.
(…)we expect the Moldovan authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the results of the Chisinau mayoral elections, as recognised also by national and international observers and reflecting the will of the voters, are respected.
In this regard, the message might be addressed to the judicial authorities, quite possible the Supreme Council of Magistrates, and not to the governing Democratic Party, who is thought to be controlling the judicial system in Moldova.

On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
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