CHISINAU, March 2. /TASS/. Andrei Negutsa, a foreign policy adviser to Moldova’s President Igor Dodon, will be appointed new Moldovan Ambassador to Russia, the Moldovan president told TASS.
"I have already said that I will sign a decree on the ambassador’s appointment only if the candidate for the position protects Moldova’s interests," Dodon said commenting on the consultations with Prime Minister Pavel Filip on the appointment of new ambassadors held earlier in the day. "Negutsa is an experienced diplomat who meets these criteria, and he has repeatedly proved that in practice."
The president added that he also discussed the appointment of 17 ambassadors and withdrawal of ten ambassadors with the prime minister.
On Wednesday, the Moldovan government endorsed the withdrawal of Dumitru Braghis, the country’s Ambassador to Russia. The Cabinet declined to comment on the move. However, it could be linked to disagreements between the president and the ruling coalition of pro-European parties, which controls the government. Last week, Prime Minister Filip sent the president the list of nine candidates for the positions of heads of diplomatic missions. Among them were the ambassadors to the United States, China, Austria, France, the UK and the UN envoy approved by the Cabinet.
However, Dodon refused to endorse the ambassadors to Belarus, the UK and Austria where the premier’s fellow members of the ruling Democratic Party were to be appointed. The Moldovan president said he "will not appoint those who do not protect the country’s interests."