13 may

Russian Foreign Ministry comments on Rogozin’s visit to Moldova

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia provided a number of details about the visit of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to Moldova, describing the reaction of Chisinau to the visit of the Russian delegation headed by Rogozin to Transnistria on May 9 and 10 as inappropriate, IPN reports.

In the message published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official website it is said that the statements about the unilateral character of Rogozin’s visit to Tiraspol are unfounded. The Moldovan side knew very well that the meeting of Dmitry Rogozin and the Moldovan leaders could not take place owing to the tight program invoked by the Moldova authorities given that the Russian side announced beforehand the intention to meet with the Moldovan government officials through the agency of the embassies.

The Ministry says the Moldovan Security Service’s search of the baggage of the Russian delegation was illegal and such actions run counter to the international practice and the Moldovan authorities’ statements that they want a constructive dialogue with Russia. The message ends with the words “we demand that the unfriendly actions of Chisinau come to an end.”

Contacted by IPN, head of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ana Taban said the Ministry received no official note from the Russian authorities by which they would have asked for a meeting of Dmitry Rogozin and Moldovan leaders.

On May 6, Deputy Foreign Minister Valeriu Chiveri met with Russian Ambassador in Chisinau Farit Muhametshin at the Ministry’s head office. The Russian official was asked to provide explanations over Dmitry Rogozin’s visit to Moldova. He said that the Russian Embassy will provide the Ministry with details about this subject when they receive a conformation of the visit from the Russian authorities.

On May 10, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration announced that the competent Moldovan bodies confiscated the lists of signatures for recognizing Transnistrian, which the Russian officials intended to transport to Moscow by a charter flight.