Moldova to appoint an Ambassador to Russia by September 11
Moldova does not have an ambassador in Russia’s capital of Moscow since end of April 2012. The lack of a diplomat to Russia comes as a result of “inappropriate statements” made by the former Moldovan Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Andrei Neguta.
In April this year, Mr. Neguta told a Russian news agency that Moldova might be affected by the early withdrawal of the Russian troops from the separatist zone of Transnistria.
“Two important things should be emphasized while referring to the part of the fourteenth army: there are peacekeepers that stay at the checkpoints between those two banks of Nistru River and there are also peacekeepers who watch over the ammunition storehouse from Cobasna village. The question is – what will happen if no more protection on these storehouses will be provided?” Mr. Neguta previously claimed.
The statement came in contradiction with the official position of the Moldovan authorities. As a result, Andrei Neguta was recalled and now someone has to replace him. Up until now Moldova did not appoint a new Ambassador to Russia.
Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat said today that a candidature has to be designated by September 11, the day when he is due to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian officials.
Mr. Filat previously said that a candidature has been identified but his name was not made public.
The Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation have established their diplomatic relations in April 1992. The Moldovan Embassy headquartered in Moscow was opened in October the same year.