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Moldovan opposition wants country to build friendly relations with EU, Russia

January 29, 18:50 UTC+3 CHISINAU
The opposition does not recognize Pavel Filip’s government approved on January 20 and insists on dissolving the parliament
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Moldovan Our Party leader Renato Usatii

Moldovan Our Party leader Renato Usatii

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CHISINAU, January 29. /TASS/. The coming to power of Moldova’s parties oriented towards building good relations with Russia does not mean denunciation of the association agreement with the European Union signed by the government, Our Party leader Renato Usatii told reporters on Friday. Together with the Party of Socialists of Moldova and the Dignity and Truth (DA) civic platform, he is holding protests to demand early elections.

"No need to reconsider this agreement. It is necessary to discuss some economy-related provisions, because they are detrimental to our country. We are talking about export figures and the free trade zone. There are some things that need to be stopped," Usatii said.

According to him, the fate of the agreement should be determined by Moldova’s residents rather than politicians. "When the Moldovan society is ready, when it knows the difference between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European path of development, only then will we be have to hold a referendum so that there are no speculations on this issue," he said.

Usaatii also noted that it was not correct to call Our Party pro-Russian. "I am a pro-Moldovan politician," he said. According to him, for a small country it is important to maintain neutrality and not to take part in geopolitical games. "Moldova should be an economic area where the East and the West would interact," he said.

The opposition does not recognize Pavel Filip’s government approved on January 20 and insists on dissolving the parliament. This idea has consolidated both the socialists and Our Party considered to be Russia-oriented in Moldova and the DA platform that favors rapprochement with the EU and accuses the authorities of discrediting this policy. Last week the opposition staged large-scale protests bringing together tens of thousands of people.

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