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Dmitry Kozak states that Plahotniuc gave him an envelope with ideas of Moldova’s federalization

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Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the special representative of the Russian President for Economic and Trade Relations with Moldova, argued that Vladimir Plahotniuc handed him an envelope containing an A4 sheet with proposals for changing the political course of the Republic of Moldova. The proposal includes the goal of reorientation towards Moscow and settlement of the Transnistrian problem through federalization of the republic, writes “Kommersant”.

At the June 3 meeting between Kozak and the oligarch/leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Plahotniuc handed over an envelope with four proposals on the conditions for a coalition with Socialist Party of Moldova.

According to the document, the proposals of the Democratic Party of Moldova for stabilizing the country’s external path in order to create an alliance with PSRM would be the following:

  1. Prohibit the joining of any military blocs (NATO and others);
  2. Ensure the status of neutrality in order to counteract the unionist movement (the idea of ​​union with Romania);
  3. Change of Moldova’s political orientation in favor of federalization, aimed at solving the Transnistrian conflict;
  4. Reorientation of Moldova’s foreign policy towards the restoration and development of good neighborly relations with Russia (historically, economically, politically and culturally).

In the interview, Kozak insists that the formation of the parliamentary coalition and a new government in Chisinau is not the choice of Moscow, but an internal problem of the Republic of Moldova.

According to his allegations, the recommended action the Russian Deputy Prime Minister gave to the Socialists and the President of the Republic of Moldova (Igor Dodon), was “not to take into account any secret proposals of Vladimir Plahotniuc or of any other parties.”

Reminder: In a press release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation, Moscow claimed that it welcomes the formation of the ruling coalition and the Government of the Republic of Moldova.

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The Russian delegation was readmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted in favor of Russia’s return to this court. The decision was taken five years after the Russian delegation was revoked from the composition of the Parliamentary Assembly because of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Andrei Nastase, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, voted for the readmission of the Russian Federation delegation to PACE. Nastase declared that “it was not an easy decision,” but he voted for Russia’s return to PACE in order for this institution to have a positive influence on Russia in human rights and rule of law issues.

Russia has voted 118 votes in favor of Russia’s vote in the Parliamentary Assembly, 62 voted against, and 10 abstained. From the delegation of the Moldovan Parliament to PACE, MPs Andrei Nastase (Dignity and Truth Platform, ‘ACUM’ bloc leader) and Vlad Batrincea (Socialist Party) voted for the return of Russia. However, MP Mihail Popsoi (Action and Solidarity Party) opposed this decision.

In 2014, Russia lost voting rights to PACE after taking over Crimea and supporting military separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia responded in 2016 by boycotting the Assembly and refused in 2017 to pay its annual contribution of 33 million euros, about 7% of the Council’s budget.

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Moldovan PM Maia Sandu met Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Kozak: A pragmatic dialogue based on the national interest of Moldova

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Yesterday, PM Maia Sandu had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak, who is on a visit to Chisinau.

Maia Sandu emphasized that there are no incompatibilities between the EU-RM Free Trade Area and the Free Trade Area within the CIS. Moreover, Sandu stressed that the Chisinau government will promote a predictable foreign policy, based on the objective of European integration and the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU while developing mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation.

In the context of talks on the Transnistrian region, Prime Minister Maia Sandu drew the attention of interlocutors on the need to halt the illegal trade patterns that harm all the neighboring countries, but also on the need to ensure transparency and predictability in the supply of the natural gas region.

Reminder: Yesterday, after a meeting with President Igor Dodon, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Kozak said that Vlad Plahotniuc is responsible for freezing the bilateral relations between Moldova and Russia.

“Our position is that the Republic of Moldova was captured by a murderer… We are happy that this criminal, who has captured the Republic of Moldova in recent years, has left the country,” Dmitry Kozak said.

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Vice-President of the European Parliament promised a new page in the relationship between the EU and the new Moldovan Government

Today, in Chisinau, Deputy Speaker of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala, who led a delegation of MEPs, promised a new page in the relationship between the European Union and the new Government in Chisinau in the implementation of democratic reforms.

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The statement was made after a meeting with Prime Minister Maia Sandu. According to the European official, the EU will firmly support a government that has the capacity and willingness to change Moldova for the sake of the citizens of the country

“We will firmly support a Government that has the capacity and the will to change Moldova for the sake of the citizens of the country. It is important to unblock the macro-financial assistance. This new initiative is welcome in order to amplify our support because we see that there is real political will right now, especially in terms of creating an independent judiciary and enhancing the processes of transparency and strengthening of integrity,” the European official said.

In turn, Maia Sandu stressed that human rights, the return to democratic practices and the creation of opportunities for citizens are absolute priorities for the Government.

Reminder: The European Parliament has sent a delegation of MEPs to Chisinau to assess the political situation in the Republic of Moldova and to exchange views with the new government of the country. The delegation included Siegfried Mureşan (European People’s Party, Romania) and Claire Moody (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, United Kingdom).

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