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Reuters: Russian diplomats expelled from Moldova recruited fighters for Eastern Ukraine

Moldova’s intelligence believes that the five Russian diplomats expelled in May 2017 were spies recruiting fighters for the insurgency in Eastern Ukraine, reports Reuters referring to a government source and two diplomatic ones.

Accordingly, the five employees of the Russian Embassy in Chișinău were suspected of spying as undercover officers with the Russian military intelligence agency, the GRU. The spies were allegedly recruiting fighters from Gagauzia, the autonomy in southern Moldova, for paramilitary training in Rostov region of Russia and then for fighting in Eastern regions of Ukraine since 2014.

Neither the Russian or Moldovan Foreign Ministries, nor the Russian Defense Ministry commented the allegations. Not even Ukraine’s intelligence center, the SBU, who first reported about Gagauz people fighting in Donbass for the separatist entities, responded to requests from Reuters. According to the sources, some of the Gagauz recruits who returned from Eastern Ukraine, had been either arrested, interrogated or become informants to Moldova’s intelligence.

On 29 May 2017, five diplomats representing the Russian Federation were declared personae non-gratae in the Republic of Moldova. As a custom, the reason of expulsion was not made public.

Few know what might be the reasoning of Chișinău’s move, but one can find roots in the diplomatic note sent to Moscow in March on the abuses on Moldovan investigators of the Russian Laundromat, but also in the recent arrest of a former MP who was engaged in espionage together with the assistant to the military attache of Russia in Moldova. Some suspect the expulsion of Russian diplomats is just a move of the Moldovan governing Democrats to show their “anti-Russian” attitude to the EU and the USA.

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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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