20 Nov 2019 22:15

Russia doesn't influence political situation in Moldova, hopes for EU's, U.S.' similar stance - Kozak

MOSCOW. Nov 20 (Interfax) - Russia in no way influences the political situation in Moldova and hopes that the European Union and the United States pursue the same stance, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said.

"We do not pull anyone's strings today. Both we and, I hope, our European and American partners. This is a sovereign affair of the Republic of Moldova," Kozak told reporters following the Russian-Moldovan talks.

The deputy prime minister was asked whether one can think that after the breakup of the coalition of the Moldovan Socialists and the pro-European ACUM bloc the consensus between Russia, the EU, and the U.S. came to end, too.

Even when this coalition was set up, "there was no certain cooperation and interaction regarding the formation of a new Moldovan government," Kozak said.

"This was a specific situation, when it was necessary to make an urgent decision to overcome a severe political crisis in Moldova. We came up with an option of settlement, when the coalition was being formed to decriminalize the republic and create conditions for new elections," the deputy prime minister said.

"We understood that this kind of coalition cannot be stable. I am even surprised that it lasted for about six months," he said.

The Moldovan government led by Prime Minister Maia Sandu was dismissed on November 12. The parliamentary majority of the Party of Socialists and the right-wing ACUM bloc broke up in the end. President Igor Dodon nominated his advisor for financial issues Ion Kiku as a candidate for prime minister already on Thursday.