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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Voronin off for one-day visit to Moscow

Moldovan acting President Vladimir Voronin left on Monday morning for one-day working visit to Moscow, where he is scheduled to hold meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
INFOTAG, 22 June 2009, 15:36

Chisinau, June 22 ( INFOTAG ). According to the presidential press service, the interlocutors are going to discuss the current stage of Moldo-Russian relations and perspectives of the development of bilateral relations.

Upon arrival to Moscow, President Voronin laid flowers to the Monument to an Unknown Soldier on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union today.

The Moldova presidential press service did not provide any further details of the visit.

However, the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti wrote this morning the two presidents were going to discuss the parliamentary elections in Moldova, Transnistrian conflict settlement, and will exchange opinions on priority questions of bilateral cooperation and integration within the CIS. Medvedev and Voronin will place emphasis on the current shape and perspectives of the development of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

According to RIA-Novosti, Russia remains one of Moldova's chief economic partners. In 2008, the bilateral trade marked US$1.79 billion - up 32.1% against 2007. Russian exports to Moldova reached US$1.14 billion (+31.7%) and imports from Moldova - US$651.1 million (+32.9%).

This year, the bilateral trade has been affected by a world economic crisis, so trade in the first months of the year is lagging some 30% behind the analogous period of 2008. In this connection, the two Presidents will discuss diversification of bilateral trade, possible incentives for regional economic ties, investment projects, wrote the Russian news agency.

The Romanian mass media are maintaining this visit of Voronin's has a definitely pre-election coloring. The Romanian publications are reminding that like it was before the April 5 vote, Voronin will meet in Moscow with His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Also, Voronin will discuss the possibilities of providing a Russian stabilization credit for Moldova.

President Voronin is being accompanied in Moscow by Moldovan First Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy and Trade Igor Dodon and Minister of Finance Marianna Durlesteanu.



...CLAIMS RIOT ORGANIZERS SOUGHT TO RUIN MOLDOVA'S STATEHOOD...

Chisinau, June 22 ( INFOTAG ). The April 7 riot in Chisinau and the organized blocking of presidential election in the Moldovan Parliament "are links of one and the same chain", Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin stated in the interview to the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti he gave on the eve of his working visit to Moscow.

Voronin stated that the organizers of those two political enterprises did not simply seek to remove the Moldovan Communist Party from power, they had a larger-scale task set to them - to liquidate the Moldovan statehood as such.

"That was exactly what substantially differed our events from those that happened 4 years ago in Ukraine and 5 years ago in Georgia. That was a revolution of traitors, not of patriots or democrats... Honestly, I feel ashamed of having such an opposition".

He further held that throughout the first decade following the demise of the USSR, everyone was saying that Moldova would necessarily get united with Romania.

"May be, that could really happen sooner or later. But since 2001, when our party won its first victory at parliamentary elections, situation in the country began changing strongly - and not only economically or socially. First and foremost, Moldova gave clear answers to two questions of its state development: the first was a way of strategic partnership with Russia, and second was an open declaration of the European integration priority", said President Voronin.

In his words, these two priorities have substantially strengthened the Moldovan state's immunity to external shocks, and substantially consolidated the republic's sovereignty, and its external and domestic policies "have at last been made resting on the interests of a population majority".

The President presumes that the April 7 pogroms in Chisinau were the last chance for some forces to bring Moldova back to where it was in the early 1990s.

"I am convinced that the forcible scenario, which was put into reality in the Chisinau central square, was a direct and hysteric reaction to the Moscow meeting of March 18. Precisely then, right after my meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, after a real perspective appeared for a country reunification, the opposition stood up with accusations of a possible rigging of the would-be elections. Somebody was losing nerves", said Vladimir Voronin.

In his view, a campaign of blackening the Moldovan statehood in Europe would not give fruit, so its organizers decided to blockade presidential election so as to paralyze the country governance and to drive Moldova into a political and economic crisis and to a new election campaign. In such case, no matter who wins the [July 29] elections, Moldova will definitely be the loser, and this will be a precious chance for some to bring the republic to a political, economic and social fiasco, and to downgrade Moldova to a new conflict region, to a second Transnistria, as Voronin described the opposition's scheme.

"If this had really happened, one could say adieu to Transnistria forever, and Moldova could be given into an international protectorate for 20 years or so, with its subsequent absorption by Romania. This is precisely why all what our opponents are trying to do presently, they are doing not as opponents to the Communist Party, but as opponents to Moldova. They behave as a force conscientiously provoking a serious geopolitical catastrophe that will necessarily involve Romania, and Ukraine, and Russia. That's why the approaching parliamentary elections will in fact be a plebiscite on our independence", stated President Vladimir Voronin



...AND SAYS MOLDOVA WILL BE WORKING FOR EUROPEAN INTEGRATION WITHOUT JOINING NATO AND WITHOUT ANTI-RUSSIAN RHETORIC

Chisinau, June 22 ( INFOTAG ). The Republic of Moldova will be working persistently for its integration into Europe, but without joining NATO or an aggressive anti-Russia rhetoric, President Vladimir Voronin stated in his interview with the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti.

"All opinion polls are showing that approximately 70% citizens do not set European integration against partnership with Russia. They have chosen both. Yet their stance with regard to NATO is more categorical. An absolute majority of Moldovans do not want to be in NATO. And this coincides with our constitutional norms. As is known, Moldova is a neutral state, and we are going to remain neutral", the president said.

In his words, "Moldova has chosen its own development path. This path is a country unification on the basis of a strategic partnership with Russia and on the basis of European democratic standards. As for our way of European integration, it differs substantially from known schemes, for it is a path of receiving basic European freedoms, a liberalized visa regime and a free trade zone - not a chase for necessary EU membership. For us, this is a path of domestic modernization of the entire complex of legal, economic and social relations - without joining NATO and without an aggressive anti-Russia rhetoric".



VORONIN DENIES LINK BETWEEN MOSCOW VISIT AND COMING ELECTION

Chisinau, June 22 ( INFOTAG ). Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin has denied allegations that his visit to Russia due on June is linked to an upcoming election in Moldova, called on the EU to remove an "iron curtain" between Moldova and the EU, urged Romania to stop issuing Romanian passports to Moldovans, and said his Communist Party would win the election.

Voronin stated in an exclusive interview with the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS last Saturday that the July 29 parliamentary elections in Moldova has nothing to do with his visit to Moscow.

Voronin said his visit to Russia was not linked to the coming early parliamentary election in Moldova scheduled for 29 July. The President said he would meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to discuss political and economic cooperation, including CIS matters, a settlement with Moldova's breakaway Dniester region, energy and wine exports.

Voronin pressed for easing EU visa procedures for Moldovans and expressed concern about Romania's plans to speed up issuing Romanian passports to Moldovans.

"The EU should deal with the liberalization of visa procedures with the Republic of Moldova as soon as possible. An iron curtain between our country and the EU, which has been erected along the Romanian-Moldovan border, coupled with the active distribution of Romanian citizenship [to Moldovans], is a source of huge threat not only to Moldova but also to regional stability," Voronin said.

He went on saying, "Romania should not use its advantage of being an EU member to corrupt Moldovan citizens with its passports and deepen a split in our society along the Dniester."

Voronin called on Romania to sign a basic treaty and a border treaty with Moldova.

He expressed confidence that his Communist Party would win the election on July 29.

"We should do what we can for this. And we know that most citizens in our country are currently on our side," Voronin said, adding that the opposition was unable to present any evidence that the April 5 parliamentary election was rigged.



Readers' comments
Recent comments:
iannn, 22 June 2009, 17:39
If the elections on July 29th are completley transparent to all who wish to ensure the votes are in line with voter registration lists then there will be a result. What guarantess are there in place today 22 June to ensure that anyone can acsess the voter lists and check them against the results on July 29th. Also leading up to the elections no one is detained by authorities without evidence that has legitimate foundation
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