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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.

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Andrian Candu: Pavel Filip to repeatedly propose the new Government candidatures to President Dodon

“Pavel Filip will repeatedly propose the candidatures without any change and President Dodon will, according to the Constitution, approve them. If he violates the Constitution, there is the Constitutional Court. We will address the Constitutional Court to come up with a solution to unlock this situation,” said Candu.

Yesterday, President Igor Dodon announced that he had rejected the candidatures of the ministers announced by the leader of the Democratic Party, Vladimir Plahotniuc. According to the head of state, most of the proposed candidates have demonstrated “inconsistency, lack of professionalism and regrettable opportunism in previous functions and activities.”

Reminder: On December 19, the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), Vlad Plahotniuc, announced that 7 members of the Government will be replaced in office. Thus, two new prime ministers and a former president of the Constitutional Court will be part of the new governmental gasket.

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The European Commission notes Moldova’s fulfillment of criteria for the visa-free regime with the EU

Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration announced that the European Commission’s first Annual Report on the Visa Suspension Mechanism.

The report notes that the Republic of Moldova continues to meet the criteria underlying the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU and includes a set of recommendations for strengthening our country’s policies, especially in the area of preventing and combating corruption and money laundering.

Visa-free travel has significantly facilitated people-to-people contacts and contributed to the further strengthening of business, social and cultural links between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.

Visa-free travel is open to all 2,059,358 biometric passport holders, including those in the Transnistrian region (144,128).

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Dodon could appoint a judge to the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court could be composed of 7 judges, compared to 6 – as it is today. The Legal Commission, Appointments and Immunities has examined and supported today’s meeting of the draft amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and will propose for debate to the Legislative Plenum.

According to the project, two judges are appointed by the Parliament, two by the Government, two by the Superior Council of Magistracy, and a judge will be appointed by the President of the Republic of Moldova. At the moment, the head of state does not have this right.

The draft also stipulates that the mandate of judges of the Constitutional Court who are in office at the date of entry into force of this law is extended by 3 years.

The project is to be debated and voted by the Parliament.

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