CHISINAU, April 6. /TASS/. Moldovan President Igor Dodon has congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries noting that this partnership is strategic for Chisinau.
"On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation I have the honor to congratulate you on the establishment of these relations, which are of special strategic importance, on behalf of myself and on behalf of the people of the Republic of Moldova," reads the telegram sent to Moscow on Thursday.
Dodon pointed to the positive dynamics of the Russian-Moldovan ties and mutual support on the key issues of joint activities. "This gives us confidence in the prospects for future multifaceted dialogue between Moldova and Russia for the benefit of our countries and peoples," the telegram said.
Moldova’s president also hailed Moscow’s steps aimed at maintaining stability in the region. "We note Russia’s crucial role in the Transnistrian settlement process and express the hope that necessary assistance will be provided to us in the future to tackle this issue and establish a lasting peace in our region," Dodon noted. He wished the Russian people peace and prosperity.
"Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of this significant anniversary - 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries," Putin noted in his cable posted on the Kremlin’s official website on Thursday.
"Over the past quarter of a century, the Russian-Moldovan relations saw different periods. It is gratifying that, relying on good traditions of friendship and mutual respect connecting our people, we have been able to preserve the positive cooperation potential. More than 180 bilateral agreements in various areas that have been signed to date are a clear and convincing evidence of this."
The head of state voiced confidence that "the recent intensification of the Russian-Moldovan political dialogue will make it possible to significantly boost cooperation in all areas and reach the strategic partnership level in the future, with its principles enshrined in the 2001 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation." "This fully meets the interests of the fraternal peoples of Russia and Moldova and is in line with strengthening regional stability and security," the telegram said.
Putin wished Moldova’s president good health and success. "(I wish) well-being and prosperity to all your fellow countrymen," the Russian president added.