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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister pleas for Transnistria’s integration in Customs Union

Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin declared in Tiraspol on Tuesday that Transnistria should follow the process of Eurasian integration and asked Chisinau to understand there are other opinions about getting closer to EU, the electronic version of Jurnal de Chisinau writes.


“The leaders of Moldova are preparing to sign the Association Accord with EU. There is a difference between integration directions and priorities, which may have consequences. It is important for Chisinau to understand there are also difference opinions about integration,” Karasim declared at a meeting with separatist leader from Tiraspol, Evgeny Sevchuk.


The Russian official also declared that it is important for Transnistria to follow the Eurasian integration and assured Sevchuk that Russia would finance various projects in the area.Karasim met representatives of the Tiraspol regime o9n Tuesday and visited the Russian “pacifiers” contingent in the Transnistrian separatist region.


The Russian official had talks with Chisinau officials about relations between Russia and Moldova in the context of their signing the Association Accord with EU on June 27.The Russians say that the process of Moldova’s European integration is against cooperation provisions between CHisinau and Moscow within CIS.


In this context, premier Iurie Leanca assured the Russian deputy foreign minister that signing the Association Accord will not affect Moldova’s relations with Russia. “We want to have very good relations with Moscow. We are transparent in the process of getting closer to EU, we have nothing to hide and the Association Accord is the not against cooperation with Russia. We want to be a predictable partner, ensuring a good cooperation both in the East and West,” Leanca said.