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Putin invites new Moldovan president to Moscow

November 14, 2016, 18:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW

After the elections Dodon confirmed his plans for an official visit to Moscow and said he hopes it would take place before the end of the current year

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MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Igor Dodon on his victory at presidential election in Moldova, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

According to the Russian leader, the results of the voting demonstrate wide popular support to Dodon’s policy towards reaching socio-economic stability in the country and building well-balanced foreign policy priorities.

"The Russian president expressed his commitment to constructive dialogue and active work to develop Russian-Moldovan relations in conformity with the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty which is marking its 15th anniversary these days," the press service said.

Apart from that, Putin invited Dodon to visit Russia and wished him success in his activities, the Kremlin said.

According to Moldova’s Central Election Commission, Igor Dodon, the leader of the Party of Socialists advocating closer relations with Russia, won support of 52.18% of votes at Sunday’s runoff presidential elections. His rival, Maia Sandu, the leader of the EU-leaning Party of Action and Solidarity and the single candidate of the pro-European opposition, won 47.82% of the vote.

After the elections, Dodon confirmed his plans to pay his first official visit to Moscow and said he hopes it will take place before the end of the current year. "We hope that the first official visit will take place before the yearend. We plan to visit Moscow, if our partners agree," he said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

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