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Moldovan President Says Country Will Stay On European Course

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti

Moldova's president says his country is committed to closer ties with the European Union.

Nicolae Timofti said Moldovans cannot "live under pressure or threats."

His comments on September 4 came days after Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin warned Moldova over plans to sign an Association Agreement with the EU.

Rogozin said September 2 that such an accord could complicate efforts to resolve the conflict with Moldova's breakaway region Transdniester, which has been a de facto independent entity since the early 1990s and is supported by Moscow.

Rogozin also hinted that a deal could mean the end of cheap Russian gas deliveries to impoverished Moldova in the winter.

Moscow is pressuring former Soviet republics, including Ukraine, to reject closer ties with Brussels.

Under Kremlin pressure, Armenia this week signaled its intention to join the Moscow-led Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters