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Moldova’s future connected with Eurasian projects inside CIS

December 02, 2013, 11:25 UTC+3 CHISINAU

The Eastern Partnership program failed as Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan refused to ink the documents on the association with the EU, First Deputy Prime Minister on economy Igor Dodon said

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CHISINAU, December 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Moldova’s future is connected with the CIS Eurasian projects, not with association with the European Union, leader of the socialist party, a member of the parliament, former First Deputy Prime Minister on economy Igor Dodon said on Monday commenting on the republic’s initialing of the agreement with the EU during the recent Eastern Partnership summit.

“The agreement with the EU does not offer much to us, and I am sorry some people in the republic have taken it as an official handing of a pass to the EU. In the future, we shall be kicking ourselves because of the problems the summit in Vilnius will bring to us. Both in the economic stability, in the Transdniestria settlement, and in the relations with our major counterpart — Russia! I realise the euphoria of the leaders representing our ruling pro-European Coalition about Vilnius — the next parliamentary elections will take place before our people will be able to realize where our country is losing, and where it receives benefits. Thus, the current “political wizards” will regain their seats at the parliament,” Donon told Itar-Tass.

“The Eastern Partnership program failed as Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan refused to ink the documents on the association with the EU. The Europeans also recognize the failure, thus the program would be revised. Or, it may pass away — the EU will have new leaders next year, and it is not clear what the next European parliament will be like or what foreign policy Brussels will have. I do not rule out it may be more conservative in expanding towards the former Soviet Union. While now Moldova’s chances to join the EU are related to a 20-years’ term, next year this country may be taken forever off the list of potential candidates,” Dodon said.

He criticizes the raise of revanchist moods in neighboring Romania after the summit in Vilnius, as that country’s President Traian Basescu said a week earlier “after joining NATO and EU, Romania’s next priority will be uniting with Moldova.”

“Romania’s annexation of Moldova will never happen. Nor will happen the European integration. Those are projects of the past. Future is offering other programs to us, which are connected closely with the Eurasian projects, which are emerging in the CIS countries. Our task is not to be late for that speeding-up train,” Dodon said.

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