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Moldova Recalls Ambassador From Moscow

Recalled Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta (file photo)Recalled Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta (file photo)
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Recalled Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta (file photo)
Recalled Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta (file photo)
Moldova has recalled its ambassador to Russia after the diplomat made remarks in support of keeping Russian troops in the separatist region of Transdniester.

On April 9, Andrei Neguta told the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS that the withdrawal of 1,500 Russian troops from Transdniester would endanger both Moldova and the region.

Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca on April 25 called Neguta's remarks "hapless."

Prime Minister Vlad Filat said he would appoint a new ambassador who is able "to represent Moldova's interests with dignity."

Russia has posted about 1,000 troops in Transdniester to guard Soviet-era weapons. Another 500 Russian troops also are stationed at crossing points into the separatist region.

Neguta was appointed as ambassador to Moscow in 2009 by the previous government of Communist leader Vladimir Voronin.

Based on reporting by AP and unimedia.md
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by: Ionas Aurelian Rus from: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
April 26, 2012 06:20

Andrei Neguta's position that Russia should not withdraw its peacekeeping troops does in fact represent the line of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova. One could of course object that this was not the Communist line between late 2003 and early 2009, when the relations between Voronin and Putin had frictions. However, it was the Communist line until 2003, and since the early spring of 2009; the fact that this was not always stated explicitly does not mean that it was not so. By the way, one can not approve the involvement of some Moldovan Communists such as Mark Tkaciuk in the attempts to remove Putin from power in 2004-2008, not because Putin is such a praiseworthy leader, but because of the retribution that this has brought against Moldova. Even more importantly, that does not make these people "anti-Russian".

All the best,

Ionas Aurelian Rus

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