CHISINAU, December 21. /TASS/. Moldova will not be able to survive without strategic partnership with Russia, Moldova President Igor Dodon said on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation.
"Moldova will not be able to go on, to survive without strategic partnership with Russia. If we don’t have good relations with Russia, Moldova will cease to exist as a state," he said, adding that the country, nevertheless, should do its best to maintain good relations with the European Union as well.
According to the Moldovan president, after the upcoming parliamentary elections next year Moldova has a chance "to withstand in this struggle between the West and the East, to keep its neutrality in place, to consolidate the country and move further on." "If we lose this chance, Moldova is running the risk to cease to exist in a span of five to six years," Dodon warned.
He vowed to do his best to have Moldova’s Ambassador Andrei Neguta, who had been recalled for consultations with the government controlled by the ruling pro-European coalition, return to Moscow as soon as possible.
"Today, I had a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Moldova Farit Mukhametshin. Moldova’s Ambassador to Russian Andrei Neguta was present too. I would like to stress that Mr. Neguta was not recalled but was invited for consultations. He is still Moldova’s Ambassador to Russia. We will spare no effort to have him return to Russia and continue his job," Dodon noted.