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Supporters of Moldova-Romania Union begin Centenary Year with display of 100m flag over Prut

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31 December 2017- A 100 meters long tricolor linked the two banks of Prut river, marking the beginning of the Centenary Year of the Great Union of Romania in 1918.

The celebration, attended by several hundreds of people, was organized by the “Alliance for the Centenary” that reunites over 130 civic organizations that support the Union of Moldova and Romania, but also the Fălciu village administration. The flag was suspended next to the rarely-used railway bridge that connects Făcliu from Romania and Cantemir from Moldova, reports News.ro.

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2018 will be marked by the 100 anniversary of the Great Union of Romania. Following the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires in 1917 and 1918, the Romanian historical provinces of Basarabia (territory between Prut and Nistru rivers), Bucovina and Transilvania united with the Kingdom of Romania.

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

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Moldova Parliament speaker points at possible “evaluation of damage made by Russian troops presence”, Russia officials enraged

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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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Turkish Embassy: Reconstruction of Moldova’s Presidency building is free assistance

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19 January 2018- The reconstruction of Moldova’s Presidency building by Turkey will become a free assistance to the Moldovan people from the Turkish people, reads a statement of the Turkish Embassy, quoted by Moldpres.

“In July 2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved the request of Igor Dodon, and on December 22-23, the Turkish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (TIKA) conducted a tender attended by three Turkish companies. The winner was the company presenting the lowest price- “Sonkay” (Ankara). The decision of the Turkish state to repair the Presidency building of Moldova was communicated to the Moldovan authorities, in particular to the government, all procedures were conducted transparently”, the Turkish Embassy declares.

Moreover, the Embassy emphasized that all development projects of TIKA in Moldova are conducted financially independent of the Moldovan authorities. Allegedly, such are the examples of the developments projects in Gagauzia autonomy, the rehabilitation department of the Institute of Mothers and Babies, the renovation and equipment of the sports hall of Fulger special police unit, the renovation of the Center for rehabilitation and social protection of risk-situated children in Tvardița.

The Presidency building, situated on 154 Ștefan Cel Mare și Sfânt Boulevard in Chișinău, was devastated as a result of the anti-communist protests on 7 April 2009. President Igor Dodon was the Minister of Economy in the Communists’ Party Government.

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Chișinău Court decides Romania ex-President Traian Băsescu gets Moldovan citizenship revoked

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22 January 2018- The Chișinău Court rejected the request of former Romania’s President, Traian Băsescu, to cancel Igor Dodon’s decree to strip Băsescu of his Moldovan citizenship.

“It is not clear to me, but the decision of the court must be respected. I will not comment the decision”, declared Băsescu after the trial.

The legal adviser to President Igor Dodon, Maxim Lebedinschi, seemed satisfied with the decision:

“Offering citizenship of Moldova to persons under penal investigation is prohibited. At the moment (he) received the citizenship, he was part of several penal cases. Mr.Băsescu did not prove until today how he told the Moldovan authorities that he was under penal investigation”, said Lebedinschi.

Andrei Bivol, Băsescu’s lawyer, thinks the decision is illegal:

“It is an inexistent argument. This hiding regards facts that were absolutely known. The law on the citizenship does not stipulate the obligation to present such information. He (Băsescu) was not asked additional information. The alleged errors could not be contested by withdrawing the citizenship. President Dodon chose to go on the easiest path”, stated Bivol, adding that an appeal to the court’s decision is taken into consideration.

On 3 January 2017, Moldova’s President, Igor Dodon, revoked by decree the Moldovan citizenship of the former Romania President, Traian Băsescu. Dodon based his decision on the 88th article of the Moldovan Constitution, which stipulates that the President of Moldova has the competence to decide “issues of citizenship”. Previously, Dodon declared that he would revoke Băsescu’s Moldovan citizenship, because the decree of ex-President Nicolae Timofti to offer the citizenship for his merits would be illegal, would not be approved by several institutions and that the Romanian President would act against the Moldovan statehood.

Former Romania President, Traian Băsescu, got his Moldovan citizenship in November 2016 and even managed for Dodon’s counter-candidate, Maia Sandu, in the Presidential elections.

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