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Vyacheslav Nikonov: Chisinau’s actions threaten the territorial integrity of Moldova

Chisinau’s actions can lead to a threat to the territorial integrity of Moldova, says Vyacheslav Nikonov, First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Chairman of the Board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, writes Parliamentary Newspaper.

In his opinion, the Moldovan authorities are playing a game of escalation, including with Russia. And this game is fraught with the risk of the territorial integrity of the state, the parliamentarian explained.

This is evidenced by the refusal to let members of the Russian peacekeeping contingent into Transnistria, the desire of the Gagauz autonomy of Moldova to independently find a solution to the issue of gas supplies from Russia, Vyacheslav Nikonov specified. In addition, the politician added, the day before, Foreign Minister of the unrecognized republic Vitaly Ignatiev recalled the referendum that took place in 2006. Since then, the independence course taken by Pridnestrovie has not changed.

As Russkiy Mir reported, Vasily Ignatiev clarified that the authorities plan to seek recognition of the independence of the PMR so that the region becomes part of the Russian Federation in accordance with the results of the referendum. He is sure that the prerequisites for recognizing the republic’s sovereignty have long been formed. The minister promised that the government would act “pragmatically and honestly” without making decisions to the detriment of the people of the country.

Obviously, all this cannot be a mere coincidence of events, Vyacheslav Nikonov believes. Moldova aspires to join the European Union, which categorically does not suit either Pridnestrovie or Gagauzia. “Moldova in the European Union is a guaranteed absorption by Romania,” the parliamentarian stressed, noting that the situation is clearly aggravating.

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