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Russia: Putin greets new Moldovan pres. in Moscow, leaders tout resumption of ties02:21

Russia: Putin greets new Moldovan pres. in Moscow, leaders tout resumption of ties

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 17, 2017 at 13:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin met the newly elected Moldovan President Igor Dodon on his first state visit to Moscow as the country's leader, Tuesday, to speak about the "development of our interstate ties in all areas."

Putin began the meeting by congratulating the Moldovan leader on his election and inauguration as President of Moldova.

Dodon expressed hope that "a new period in our relationship begins," adding that "all of Moldova is paying great attention to this visit with hope for the solution of those questions which we accumulated".

Dodon was also hopeful about resolving the issue of the breakaway region Transnistria.

He noted that "the majority of the Moldovan citizens voted for the preservation of nationhood, neutrality, strategic partnership with the Russian Federation".

He concluded that "we hope, and the people of Moldova hope, that in 2017 we will come to a new stage and we will be able to restore the strategic partnership in key areas".

Igor Dodon was inaugurated in December after winning the presidential election against former Moldovan Minister of Education Maia Sandu. Transnistria is a semi-autonomous region of Moldova that seeks greater independence and is considered one of the post-Soviet "frozen conflicts".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met the newly elected Moldovan President Igor Dodon on his first state visit to Moscow as the country's leader, Tuesday, to speak about the "development of our interstate ties in all areas."

Putin began the meeting by congratulating the Moldovan leader on his election and inauguration as President of Moldova.

Dodon expressed hope that "a new period in our relationship begins," adding that "all of Moldova is paying great attention to this visit with hope for the solution of those questions which we accumulated".

Dodon was also hopeful about resolving the issue of the breakaway region Transnistria.

He noted that "the majority of the Moldovan citizens voted for the preservation of nationhood, neutrality, strategic partnership with the Russian Federation".

He concluded that "we hope, and the people of Moldova hope, that in 2017 we will come to a new stage and we will be able to restore the strategic partnership in key areas".

Igor Dodon was inaugurated in December after winning the presidential election against former Moldovan Minister of Education Maia Sandu. Transnistria is a semi-autonomous region of Moldova that seeks greater independence and is considered one of the post-Soviet "frozen conflicts".

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