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Russia: Moldovan President says he will not befriend West at Russia's expense02:12

Russia: Moldovan President says he will not befriend West at Russia's expense

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 14, 2018 at 09:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon in Moscow on Saturday, to discuss bilateral relations and the progress of the Transnistrian settlement process.

After welcoming President Dodon and the Moldovan delegation, Putin underlined that Russia keeps a close eye on the developments in Moldova and that he supports the facilitation of the relations between countries.

"We see the efforts you are taking for the normalisation of the Russia-Moldova relations. We will strongly foster this process," Putin said.

The Moldovan President reaffirmed his positive stance towards the role of Russian peacemakers in the region.

"My standpoint which the majority of citizens of Moldova share, we think that the peacemaking mission, the role of Russian peacemakers is a success," he said.

Dodon concluded by laying out his country's foreign policy towards the West and Russia by saying: "We want to be friends with everyone but we do not want to geopolitically be used against someone. We do not seek to make friends with the West at Russia's expense, that is my position."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon in Moscow on Saturday, to discuss bilateral relations and the progress of the Transnistrian settlement process.

After welcoming President Dodon and the Moldovan delegation, Putin underlined that Russia keeps a close eye on the developments in Moldova and that he supports the facilitation of the relations between countries.

"We see the efforts you are taking for the normalisation of the Russia-Moldova relations. We will strongly foster this process," Putin said.

The Moldovan President reaffirmed his positive stance towards the role of Russian peacemakers in the region.

"My standpoint which the majority of citizens of Moldova share, we think that the peacemaking mission, the role of Russian peacemakers is a success," he said.

Dodon concluded by laying out his country's foreign policy towards the West and Russia by saying: "We want to be friends with everyone but we do not want to geopolitically be used against someone. We do not seek to make friends with the West at Russia's expense, that is my position."

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