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Moldovan president suggests NATO should sign agreement on neutrality

December 08, 2017, 19:56 UTC+3 CHISINAU

Сonsultations at an expert level will be held soon, according to Igor Dodon’s press service

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CHISINAU, December 8. /TASS/. Moldovan President Igor Dodon has noted the importance of respect for the permanent neutrality status embodied in the constitution when building relations with NATO. According to Igor Dodon’s press service, it was mentioned at his meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller on Friday.

"The president pointed to some oral statements made by NATO chiefs that the specified military-political bloc respects the constitutional status of the permanent neutrality of the Republic of Moldova. He suggested enshrining these statements in the agreed political document. In this regard, they agreed to hold consultations on the specified issue at an expert level in the near future," the report says.

This morning Gottemoeller and Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip attended the opening ceremony for the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau, which was criticized by the president. "Dodon pointed to the haste with which the NATO Liaison Office was opened in Moldova which may have serious negative consequences. In particular, this will complicate our efforts to settle the Transnistrian conflict, he said," the report says.

Such decisions should be taken after extensive public consultations, the head of state believes. In this regard, he proposed holding an international conference supported by the president dubbed "Moldova’s permanent neutrality: a stability and development factor or a new challenge in relations between the East and the West" in the first half of 2018.

According to public opinion polls, an overwhelming majority of Moldovan citizens oppose the country’s accession to the Alliance. Still, the republic has been cooperating with NATO since 1994 within an individual partnership plan, and a NATO information center is already operating in Chisinau.

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