Moldova recalls its Moscow ambassador

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 19.12.2017 12:16

On Monday 18 December, Moldova announced the decision to withdraw its ambassador from Moscow for an undetermined period of time. The government in Chișinău said the move was motivated by the ongoing harassment of Moldovan officials by Russian authorities.

This action was taken after a Moscow court decided to initiate criminal proceedings against Vlad Pahotniuc, the leader of the governing Democratic Party and Moldova's most powerful politician. The decision, characterised by Russian officials as "illogical", will deepen the already existing political and diplomatic rift with Russia, who, in spite of its 1999 Istanbul commitment, still maintains a military presence in Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria. Additionally, on 8 December, a NATO Liaison Office was inaugurated in Chișinău, and on 7 December, Moldova's parliament passed a law banning Russian propaganda in an attempt to contain the damaging effects of the disinformation which Russian state-controlled media is spreading in Moldova. Despite the fact that studies suggest that 60 % of Moldovan citizens support the EU integration process, its position is further weakened by the differences on fundamental foreign policy orientation between the pro-EU government and the pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon, who labelled the withdrawal decision a provocation.

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