Contents tagged with Igor Dodon

  • Moldovan president Dodon says Moldova does not need its own army

    During an interview with the Russian publication Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moldovan President Igor Dodon expressed the belief that Moldova does not need its own military because it is a neutral country.

     "We do not need an army. Moldova is a neutral country, [and] therefore should not have armed forces - neither on the left nor right bank of the Dniester. Who is there for us to fight with?" said Dodon.

    Dodon earlier stated that the unrecognized Transdniestria could become part of Ukraine or …

  • Moldovan President: Transnistria may become part of Ukraine

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon stated in an interview with the Russian “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” that he believes that Transnistria has two paths moving forward: to join Ukraine or be a part of Moldova.

    "I believe that all Transnistria must preserve all the powers that it has today: parliament, president, government, and flag. And we should not take a penny out of the Transnistrian budget. We should have a common state, a common budget, banking systems, a common foreign policy," Dodon said.

    The …

  • Ruling coalition of Moldova decides not to initiate impeachment of Dodon

    Beginning the procedure for removing Moldovan President Igor Dodon from his post can bring about another political crisis, so the ruling coalition will not insist on holding a referendum on impeaching the president, as stated by the Speaker of the Parliament of Moldova Andrian Candu, reports Ukrinform.

    “Firstly, the very procedure for removing the president from office is very long. It is necessary to create a parliamentary commission, which will gather evidence of the President’s violation of …

  • Moldovan President Dodon: Swearing in of new Defense Minister violates acceptable bounds of political legitimacy

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon released a statement on the swearing in of Defense Minister Eugen Sturza. The statement was published on the president’s website.

    According to Dodon the actions of the Moldovan government have no political legitimacy.

    “The regime will fall into the pit which it is digging for others. The swearing in of the defense minister goes beyond the limits of political legitimacy and demonstrates how powerlessness forces the government to make serious mistakes.

    By not …

  • Decree to appoint Moldovan Defense Minister to be signed by Speaker of Parliament, not President Dodon

    The decree to appoint the Moldovan Minister of Defense will be signed by Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu, instead of President Igor Dodon, Newsmaker reports with reference to the Moldovan parliament’s press service.

    The decree to appoint Defense Minister Eugen Sturza, a candidate rejected twice by Dodon, may be signed by Candu on October 24, the Moldovan parliament’s press service announced.

    All the necessary documentation for the procedure will need to reach parliament from the …

  • Moldovan government asks Constitutional Court who, instead of President Dodon, can appoint Minister of Defense

    The Moldovan government appealed to the Constitutional Court with a request to determine who will appoint the Minister of Defense instead of the country’s president Igor Dodon,  reported

    The government has asked the Constitutional Court to determine the conditions under which it is justified to temporarily transfer the duties of the president of the country to approve the appointment of a defense minister and to appoint someone who will fulfill these duties.

    It was reported that …

  • President of Moldova demands dissolution of parliament and transition to presidential form of government

    The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, in a public appeal to citizens, stated the need for early parliamentary elections and an early transition to a presidential form of government.

    Dodon explained his appeals by speaking about “unconstitutional actions” of the government, the beginning of “actions by the republic in support of a presidential form of government” and his “responsibility to the people.”

    “I am responsible only to the people of the Republic of Moldova, so that nothing can …

  • President of Moldova: Power was sent to me by God

    On a broadcast of a Moldovan TV channel, Moldovan President Igor Dodon has said that his power was sent down to him from God, Newsmaker news website reports.

    According to Dodon himself, such an idea occurred to him after a conversation with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (secular name Vladimir Gundyaev).

    "You know, Patriarch Kirill told me at the very beginning of the mandate: 'Mr. President, this mandate was given by the Lord'," Dodon said.

    It is reported that Dodon met with Patriarch Kirill …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Moldova: President Dodon is not welcome to visit Ukraine due to his anti-Ukrainian position

    A visit by the Moldovan President to Kyiv is not possible in the near future as Igor Dodon doesn’t respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine and refers to the conflict in the Donbas as a civil war, as stated by the Ambassador of Ukraine in Chisinau, Ivan Gnatyshyn, reports.

    "As for the contacts at the highest level, I can’t imagine such a meeting given the situation where the Moldovan President, elected by a part of the Moldovan society, or even by the majority of Moldovan …

  • President Dodon outraged at barring of Russian journalist from Moldova

    Russian journalist Daria Aslamova, who set out for Chisinau for an interview with President Igor Dodon, has been refused entry into the country, as reported by the Moldovan President on his Facebook page.

     “I am angered by the non-admittance to our country of ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’ correspondent Daria Aslamova”, wrote Dodon.

    He also complained that “today, it is necessary to send a personal invitation for every Russian journalist who arrives in our country.”

    According to reports by Russian …