Igor Dodon: "Government actions negatively affect negotiations with Tiraspol"
This was announced by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
The Head of State noted that the Moldovan government intentionally aggravated the anti-Russian atmosphere, and only the parliamentary elections in autumn of 2018 and the victory of the Party of Socialists would be able to improve the state of affairs.
"They wanted to sue me because I said in some video Kishinev, not Chisinau. This is silly. And I will always pronounce Kishinev in Russian," he noted in the framework of the forum of ethnicities.
The Head of the Moldovan state also noted the negative consequences of statements made by the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu, in the article for Newsweek.
"For years we've been dealing with Russian interference - since the collapse of the Soviet Union - and we are constantly adapting and looking for new ways to repel this illegal influence. Recently, having hosted colleagues from Ukraine and Georgia at a security conference, I can say with confidence that these countries of the region are making great strides in their efforts, but Western support is more important now than ever," Candu stressed.
He noted that in Moldova the majority of citizens speak Russian, and 75% of TV programs "come from Moscow".
"In response, our parliament banned the Russian propaganda and disinformation on certain Russian TV channels broadcast on Moldovan air. This is a significant step in eradicating the Russian influence on our policies and population," Candu believes.
It is noteworthy that, at the same time, the Moldovan Parliament Speaker admits the possibility of building constructive relations with Russia: "We can never completely dissociate ourselves from Russia in cultural, political or economic terms, but we are striving to strengthen relations with the EU and NATO (thanks to the Partnership for Peace program) and the United States. Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia promise closer cooperation with our western partners in transmission of information about the common threat - and in combating this threat. After so many years of help and generosity from the West, we are ready to repay for this, " Andrian Candu sums up.
President Dodon told NG that "all these statements will necessarily affect Moldovan-Russian relations and negotiations with Transnistria." On April 25, Dodon meets with the leader of Transnistria Vadim Krasnoselsky. It can be assumed that Krasnosel'skiy, who previously stated that it was impossible to unite Pridnestrovie with Moldova, would cite the situation in Moldova as an argument, reminiscent of 1992 and beginning of an armed conflict on the Dniester.
Then everything began with the Russian language, which all Russian speakers were asked to give up. The result was the language strikes at Transnistrian enterprises, and then - war and loss of control over the eastern region. President Dodon is trying to establish a dialogue with Tiraspol, then to reintegrate Transnistria. However, according to him, the actions of the government and the parliamentary majority are spreading the banks of the Dniester even further apart, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports.
Date: 10:52 24/04/2018