Moldova’s president-elect promises to maintain ties with EU

Moldova’s president-elect promises to maintain ties with EUThe pro-Russian winner of Moldova's presidential election said the country would not cut ties with the European Union, appearing to row back on campaign comments that it should move closer to Moscow, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Igor Dodon won Sunday's election with just over 50 percent of the vote after calling in the campaign for a referendum on its 2014 political and trade pact with the European bloc and focus on improving relations with Russia.

His stance put him in direct conflict with the ex-Soviet republic's pro-EU government, but his latest comments suggest he is seeking to find a middle ground.

"All ties with the EU remain in effect, all decisions with the external partners of Moldova will be carried out in the future," Dodon told a news conference.

"The president should be neither pro-European nor pro-Russian, but only pro-Moldovan," he added.

In contrast to this conciliatory tone, Dodon told a Russian news channel on Monday he would push for early parliamentary elections next year to force out the government.

Dodon said he had been congratulated on his victory by EU leaders as well as by Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding that he planned to visit Moscow before the end of 2016.
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