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Russia Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin- persona non grata in Moldova

August 2nd- Government of Moldova decides to declare Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin as persona non grata on Moldovan territory.

The decision was adopted at the initiative of the Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur who argued that Rogozin made offending statements regarding Moldova.

“The public comments have an unfriendly, defaming and offending character in the address of the Republic of Moldova. Rogozin dared to give defamatory statements in the address of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens. These developments can be qualified only as a huge interference in the internal affairs of our state. This kind of declarations do not correspond to the character of the bilateral relations that Moldova wants to build with Russia, based on reciprocal respect”, declared Galbur, asking for banning Rogozin from entering and transiting Moldova.

In his most recent interview for Rossyia 24, Rogozin called the Moldovan government “a mafia group” trying to get closer to the West by banning him from entering the Moldovan territory.

One day before, Rogozin stated that he is willing to come back to Moldova in September in exchange for guaranteed security and permission to transit airspace of other countries. On July 28th, the Russian official boarded on a civilian airplane to fly to Chișinău, but then was denied air transit through Romania (Ukraine has a ban on Russian airlines in place), forcing the aircraft to land in Minsk. Back then, the Deputy PM planned to attend the celebration event of the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping mission in Transnistria. Igor Dodon declared that banning Rogozin from entering Moldova is just a “Rusophobic show” orchestrated by the governing Democratic Party.

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

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PAS to PDM: “Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country”

PDM leader Vlad Plahotniuc came with an ironic reaction to PAS president Maia Sandu, who filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office against the leader of PDM.

Reminder: On September 21, PAS lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in which he demanded the criminal prosecution of the citizen Plahotniuc Vladimir for committing the crime of usurpation of state power.

“If Maia Sandu is watching us right now, I’m announcing her that I’ve also taken over today’s colleagues’ attention at the party meeting. Now she’ll have new evidence to play the political denunciations,” Vlad Plahotniuc ironically declared in the weekly briefing of the party.

“Coincidentally, the topic on the agenda today is Education, the serious problems that are happening because of the closing of schools,” said PDM chairman, further announcing that the ruling party proposed a moratorium on the closure of schools in the country.

Plahotniuc also made the impression of blame on the previous government, which has suffered multiple failures, at which the Action and Solidarity Party said that a man who has become the symbol of corruption, injustice, suffocating the state, democracy and human rights has no moral quality to appreciate change and reform.

“No matter how much the less-fated citizen would want to steal the future of the country, he will not succeed. The man who manipulates and disinforms infinitely does not have the moral right to talk about education,” says the party’s message.

The PAS noted that, regretfully, the educational system has serious problems, and this is because the country was seized by a band of thieves who dealt with their own interest and depleted the state.

“Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country. Schools will open when corruption is closed,” declared PAS.

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Igor Dodon had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi

President Igor Dodon had a meeting with the leader of the Kremlin today, where he asked for his support on the request for obtaining an observer status within the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as for other unsolved political and social issues.

Another thing Dodon put forward for discussion was the extension of the list of Moldovan enterprises that will have access to the Russian market, as well as the amnesty of Moldovan citizens with certain migration violations in Russia.

“We expressed our sincere interest in developing cooperation with the Russian Federation within the CIS and other international bodies,” wrote Dodon on his Facebook page.

Moldova’s position on the Transnistrian problem was explained again by Dodon: it supports the political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the “5 + 2” negotiation format in compliance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with the granting of a special status to the Transnistrian region.

“We still count on Russia’s support in the process of regulating the Transnistrian conflict and we are interested in real progress in this field during the current year,” Dodon said.

At the same time, he mentioned “the positive role played by the current peacekeeping mission on the Nistru with the participation of the Russian peacekeepers”.

In his turn, Putin showed support for improving the bilateral relations, but also for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict:

“We want to support your sincere intentions to rebuild and to develop Russian-Moldovan relations. From our behalf, we will do everything needed for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. (…) We will act as warrants for the previous agreements and the agreements that need to take place so that the problem is solved once and forever, in the interest of all people living in this territory”, said Putin, but did not specify which territory.

At the meeting, Igor Dodon complained that the Government and the parliamentary majority in Chisinau are “controlled by the Western countries and make every effort to undermine bilateral relations.” In this context, he declared his disapproval of any anti-Russian moves of the Moldovan authorities, such as the deportations of Russian public servants and journalist from Moldova, and anti-Russian propaganda in the media.

Besides meeting other CIS leaders, Dodon planned a visit to Sochi State University and its students, as well as meeting with representatives of the Moldovan diaspora in the city of Sochi and the region of Krasnodar.

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly rejects Moldova’s amendment on the withdrawal of Russian troops, munitions from Transnistria

On October 8th, the Parliamentary Assembly of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) rejected the proposal of the Moldovan delegation to include a provision on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria in the resolution on Security in the Black Sea area. Participating as an associate state, Moldova requested NATO’s support in requesting the full withdrawal of Russian troops from its eastern region.

The Liberal MP and leader Mihai Ghimpu, who was present, stated that the main argument against the proposal was that Moldova is not a Black Sea state:

” The argument was that we do not have direct access to the Black Sea. We will come back to this problem, next year. Next year, other countries than the Black Sea ones will be (discussed)”, said Ghimpu, quoted by Digi24.

According to Radio Free Europe, the resolution instead included an amendment of the Romanian delegation which states that any solution in the Transnistrian conflict settlement must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova. The resolution is expected to be adopted on October 9th.

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 is due to be discussed in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on 23 October.

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.

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