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Moldovan Premier Denies 'Secret' Conditions Behind Donor Aid

Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat
Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat
CHISINAU -- Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat says there are no "secret political clauses" behind a multibillion dollar aid-package that was earmarked for his country at an international donors conference, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

But Filat told RFE/RL on March 25 that the $2.6 billion package promised at the EU- and World Bank-sponsored event in Brussels on March 24 does oblige Moldova to continue with its democratic and economic reforms.

He said he would provide details in Chisinau on March 29 on how the aid will be spent.

Moldovan Communist Party Deputy Igor Dodon said on March 25 that the aid pledged in Brussels is meant to "advertise" Moldova's pro-Western government and support it at a time of declining popularity.

Dodon, who was the economics minister in the government that ruled for eight years before losing power last summer, also warned that any new international loans would bring the country's external debt to new highs.