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Moldovan PM 'Confused' By Putin Comment On Instability

Prime Minister Vlad Filat leads Moldova's pro-Western coalition.
Prime Minister Vlad Filat leads Moldova's pro-Western coalition.
CHISINAU -- Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat says he is confused by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin's remarks about political instability in Moldova, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

Filat told RFE/RL today that after he met with Putin at the Commonwealth of Independent States summit in St. Petersburg on May 22, the Russian premier said on television that the political situation in Moldova is still "unstable."

Putin also compared Moldova’s political situation to that of Kyrgyzstan, where the president was ousted amid antigovernment protests in April.

Putin added, however, that the situation in Moldova isn't "as bad as in Kyrgyzstan."

Filat told RFE/RL that he does not understand the reasoning behind Putin's remarks, which were made on Russia Today television. He stressed that Putin treated him as an equal partner during their talks on the sidelines of the summit.

A pro-Western coalition came to power in Moldova last year, but the parliament has been unable to elect a president for nearly one year. Early parliamentary elections are likely before the end of 2010.