10 Oct 2017 20:11

Moldovan president praises Russia's balanced reaction to Moldovan govt's provocations

SOCHI, Bocharov ruchei. Oct 10 (Interfax) - The Moldovan government acted provocatively towards Russia, to which the latter reacted in a restrained manner, though the fear remains of a tougher response from Moscow, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said.

"Believe me, our meeting today is being watched very closely by hundreds of thousands of manufacturers, by those who are working in Russia, and not only them. Because there are conditions, and someone is hoping that there will be tougher blows, or rather, not blows but responses to the Moldovan government's arbitrariness on migrants and export," Dodon said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Tuesday.

Russia's was a balanced response to the provocations on the part of Moldovan government, he said. "Most citizens are very well aware that, despite the provocations from our government and parliamentary majority, the Russian Federation's approach to these provocations was very balanced and wise. Those were clear provocations," Dodon said.

It has been ten months since Moscow and Chisinau resumed their dialogue at the highest level, he said. "One can already say that over these ten months, we have seen a lot of very good progress. Yes, there were problems, which also should be discussed and assessed objectively," Dodon said.

Over this period Moldova has increased its exports to Russia and solved the problem of its migrants.

"Of course, there were problems, as well; not everyone likes the resumption of our strategic partnership. There were some attempts, both within our country and outside, to provoke our countries' leaderships into a confrontation," Dodon said.

Despite this, communication continues, he said.