President Igor Dodon stands for scrapping the Association Deal with the European Union. At a meeting with the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the Moldovan President stated he would back the political parties touting the idea. The European official responded that the partnership with the EU was to Moldova’s interest.
Igor Dodon opines that, despite forecast on the country’s development after having signed the Association Agreement, in fact, after two years of implementing, the situation has got worse. Donald Tusk replied on social media he was convinced the partnership with the EU, the Association Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement were in Moldova’s interest.
The Moldovan president proposed, in Brussels, three-side talks among the EU, Moldova and Russia on trade.
Earlier Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip had stated such requests were inacceptable: "Categorically no, because Moldova has bilateral relations with Russia. And Moldova has relations with the EU and we’ll take care of our relations with the EU by ourselves. It’s stupid to think that the Association or the Trade Agreements with the EU can harm our relations with the Russian Federation."
Igor Dodon is yet to meet the speaker of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, foreign policy commissioner Federica Mogherini, and NATO officials.