Chisinau, 10 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Moldova's President Petru Lucinschi has praised NATO's efforts to develop a special relationship with Russia on the basis of a charter.
According to his press service, Lucinschi told visiting NATO secretary general Javier Solana that he believes such a charter would help avoid the isolation of Russia. He said the process of NATO expansion should not lead to tensions and new lines in Europe.
Lucinschi said Moldova recognizes the right of countries to adopt measures to protect their security interests, including joining NATO. But he said those measures should not affect the security interests of other countries.
Lucinschi's press service said Solana reiterated his respect for Moldova's neutrality and praised Moldova's participation in NATO's partnership for peace program.
Solana today began a five-day tour of the region which includes stops in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.