17:19 Nov. 23, 2016
Igon Dodon, a Moldovan pro-Russian president-elect wants closer ties with Russia and the EU visa-free regime all together
Moldova will restore its historical ties with Russian instead of its previous pro-European course, but also seeks to preserve its free-visa travel regime with the EU, the country's president-elect Igor Dodon claimed on Wednesday.
"There will be either free visa regime and dual citizenship for regular people but not for statespersons. We must secure our good relations with Europe. But parallelly we must urgently resume our strategic partnership with the Russian Federation," the president-elect told the Point news outlet.
In the past few years, Moldova was living imbalanced between the West in Russia, and the country's new leadership sees its role in restoring this balance by means of partnership with Russia, Igor Dodon also said.
Igor Dodon won the presidential elections on November 14th, posing himself as a strictly pro-Moscow politician. During his campaign, he questioned Moldova's pro-European policies and proclaimed to restore ties with Russia, as well as to lift sanctions against Russia and to grant a pro-Russian separative enclave of Transnistria a special territorial status.
His very first foreign visit in office is due to be made to Moscow.
Earlier, Dodon also pledged to cancel blocking the Russian TV channels, banned from broadcasting in Moldova.