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Dodon asserts Russian official's Moldova visit disrupted to harm ties with Moscow

July 28, 2017, 17:47 UTC+3 CHISINAU

Romanian authorities earlier refused permission to a civilian plane carrying a Russian delegation to Moldova for talks with President Igor Dodon

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

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CHISINAU, July 28. /TASS/. The disruption of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s visit to Moldova by denying him entry into Romanian airspace on his way to Chisinau was done to undermine the normalization of Russian-Moldova relations and the Transnistrian settlement, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said on Friday.

"These actions are geared against cooperation with our strategic partner, which has been normalizing after the meeting between the Moldovan and Russian presidents, and against the settlement of the Transnistrian problem and restoring Moldova’s territorial integrity, where some progress has just been reached.

He said he planned to discuss with Rogozin, who is also the Russian president’s special envoy for Transnistria and co-chair of the Russian-Moldovan intergovernmental commission, further steps to invigorate cooperation between the two countries. Apart from that, they were going to go to the city of Bender to attend celebrations dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping operation in the Dniester area scheduled for Saturday. In Bender, they would have met with Transnistrian President Vadim Krasnoselsky.

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