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04.08.2017

State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s interview with Kommersant newspaper, published on August 2, 2017

Question: How did your meeting with Andrei Neguta go?

Grigory Karasin: I asked Moldova’s Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta to explain this absolutely absurd decision. For my part, I told him that decisions of this kind were categorically unacceptable for Russia.

Over the recent years, the Russian government has done a great deal to step up its bilateral relations with Moldova, despite all the inconsistencies in Moldova’s politics. These efforts have yielded impressive results in trade, the economy, migration and a number of other areas.

The series of these provocative decisions, starting with the fact that the Romanian authorities refused to let into Moldova’s territory an airliner carrying Dmitry Rogozin along with more than 160 passengers, is in stark contrast with the general backdrop and appears to be unprovoked. Dmitry Rogozin was denied the opportunity to meet with President of Moldova Igor Dodon and take part in the events related to the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria.

Question: And today, the Government of Moldova declared Dmitry Rogozin persona non-grata.

Grigory Karasin: There is no way to call this new decision other than perfidy. In fact, it is aimed at annihilating all the achievements of the previous years. It targets not only a high-profile Russian political figure, but is also a blow to our relations, the peacekeepers and the interests of people in both countries. This is a matter of legitimate concern for us.

Question: What will be the consequences of this decision?

Grigory Karasin: We believe that these actions are a blow to bilateral relations. They are aimed at destabilising the region and perhaps Europe as a whole.

This is confirmed by the reckless calls to review the existing agreements regarding the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria without taking into consideration what Transnistrians think about it and without involving international formats.

I think that this should be a matter of concern for the European capitals too, since this could result in a new hotbed of tension in Europe. This is something foreign ministries and other agencies in Europe should understand.

This is not what we wanted. Russia very much regrets and expresses its disappointment over Chisinau’s attempts to join the right flank of anti-Russia campaigns that are actively promoted a present.

Question: Can Moscow be expected to introduce sanctions against Chisinau or Bucharest?

Grigory Karasin: We follow a measured approach and are less emotional in our actions compared to some foreign actors. We will not be in a hurry to take any such steps. That said, there will undoubtedly be an adequate response to these actions.




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