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BUCHAREST, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The idea of unification of Moldova with Romania could not be put into practice in the near future as was not popular among the Moldovan population, Romanian President Traian Basescu told local television on Wednesday.
“According to sociological data, at the moment only 15 to 20% of Moldovan nationals want the unification with Romania. That is why this project cannot be implemented in the near future,” Basescu said. He criticized the Romanian government for reducing the number of state-subsidized Moldovan students and for slowing down the issuing of Romanian passports for Moldovan citizens, the measures that used to boost support in Moldova.
Earlier this year, Basescu made sensational statements, saying “Moldova is Romanian land” and “reunification of the two states must become Romania’s third national project after its entry to NATO and the European Union”.
He also said he intended to head the project after stepping down as president in November 2014. This was criticized in Moldova, whose Prime Minister Iurie Leanca warned that “inappropriate statements of the Romanian leader” could “destabilize the situation in Moldova”.
Moldovan parliament speaker Igor Korman, for his part, said “these statements by Basescu mar relations between the two countries and don’t fit within common sense”.