Contents tagged with Moldova

  • China sends soldiers to Russia for 'army games'

    China’s People’s Liberation Army is sending soldiers to Russia to participate in the International Army Games 2019 which will be held in Russia and five other former Soviet states.

    In addition to troops, China will be sending military equipment such as tanks and fighter aircraft to the games, whose competitions which will include a tank biathlon, “Aviadarts” - a competition for flight crews, and the “Masters of artillery fire”.

    For the first time in the history of the Chinese armed forces, a …

  • Ukraine installs radiation control systems on the border with Russia and Moldova

    State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that  automated control systems for the movement of radioactive and nuclear materials, TSA and RAPISCAN,  were installed at the border crossings with Russia and Moldova. Such systems will allow preventing attempts of illegal transporting of hazardous substances through the Ukrainian border, reads the statement of the agency. A delegation from the United States attended the installation of the systems and tested the operation of the devices.

    "The …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: Ukraine and Moldova don't want Russian troops in their territory

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Moldova Maia Sandu in Kyiv. During the joint briefing, the Ukrainian President said that Ukraine and Moldova are against the presence of Russian troops in their territory.

    "Ukraine and Moldova are united by one common desire: we don't want Russian troops in our territories. Also, we won't allow imposing so-called "federalization" on us,” said Zelensky. He also thanked Chisinau for supporting Ukraine's sovereignty …

  • Russia accuses Moldovan oligarch of running drug syndicate

    The Russian Interior Ministry has accused the Moldovan businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc, former leader of the Moldova’s “Democratic Party”, of running a drug syndicate. The investigation claims that he has been involved in the smuggling of Moroccan cannabis to Russia through Spain, RBC news agency reports.

    Despite the fact that, for many years, Plahotniuc was considered the most influential person in Moldova, he has now been charged with 28 counts of drug smuggling and distribution on a large …

  • Leader of pro-Russian party Renato Usatii returns to Moldova after governmental transition of power

    After the governmental transition of power, the leader of the pro-Russian “Our Party” Renato Usatii returned to Moldova.

    According to the news outlet NewsMaker, he crossed into the country from Romania, entering at the Sculeni checkpoint. He was immediately detained in connection with the earlier charges levied against him and taken to the Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases.

    Usatii spent some time in the interrogation room, after which he left the building and …

  • Moldovan ‘Democrats’ flee the country

    Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, the éminence grise of Moldovan politics and the primary patron of the Democratic Party that has been in power in recent years, left the country on 14 June in a black aircraft heading for Istanbul (the unusually colored private jetliner had been seen on standby at the Chisinau Airport for several days). According to other reports, he left Moldova by car through Transnistria and boarded an airplane in Odessa.

    Plahotniuc is currently believed to be in the USA. The …

  • Ukraine offers Moldova help in bypassing Gazprom and importing gas from the EU

    The Ukrainian national oil and gas company Ukrtransgaz sent Moldova a proposal to delay the construction of the Romania-Moldova interconnector, which makes the Moldovan side vulnerable during its next meeting with Gazprom, as  stated in Ukrtransgaz’ press release.

    It was noted that taking advantage of the Ukrainian gas transmission system would minimize the potential risks associated with possible interruptions in the transit of natural gas from the Russian Federation and guarantee gas …

  • Ukraine intensifies security measures on Moldovan border

    After a session of National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service (SBGS)  has intensified its security measures along the border with Moldova in light of a recent deterioration of the situation there. The size of border detachments has been increased, and sniffer dogs are being used, said SBGS Spokesperson Oleh Slobodyan, as cited by 112 Ukraine.

    “Border guards, within their competence, have reinforced the protection of the entire Ukrainian-Moldovan border. We are …

  • Moldova crisis: EU recognizes coalition and new government

    The statement of the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini says that the European Union considers the election of the new government of Moldova legitimate, reports the European Truth news outlet.

    "The European Union takes good note of the decisions taken yesterday by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, including on the formation of the government coalition," said Hahn and Mogherini, taking the …

  • Moldovan President Dodon promises to ask Constitutional Court’s permission to dissolve parliament if it fails to create a parliamentary majority

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that he would ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve parliament if fails to create a parliamentary majority. The head of state made the announcement Thursday evening on Moldovan television channel N-4.

    “In June, I will appeal to the Constitutional Court to ask if there are grounds to dissolve a parliament that is not operational and does not have a ruling majority. I will then call the parliamentary party leaders to hold early elections.” Dodon said.

    The …