Dodon: Moldova Does Not Aim Joining NATO

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President Igor Dodon began promoting again the international recognition of Moldova's neutrality idea. He raised this topic several times when presenting his report on the work done over four years in the presidency, reported. “It is important for Moldova to adopt a number of European neutral countries’ experience. We support developing a political dialogue with the EU in all areas of mutual interest, including security issues. At the same time, we call on the EU to show its interest in supporting our efforts aimed at strengthening the status of permanent neutrality of the RM ", Dodon said. He also noted the role of the United States within. The President is confident that the United States will step up efforts to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the Transdniestrian conflict, which will result in a viable Moldovan state. "The US position will be aimed at unconditional observance, recognition and respect for all norms and principles of the democratically adopted Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, including the provisions concerning the status of permanent neutrality of the Republic of Moldova," the president's report stated. Dodon also expressed hope for Turkey's support. “Turkey, being a NATO member, can play an important role in ensuring the security and stability of the situation in the Black Sea basin. The absence of contradictions in the modern history of Moldovan-Turkish relations allows us expressing firm confidence that the Republic of Turkey and its leadership can contribute, among other things, to a very important issues related to strengthening the stability and security of the Republic of Moldova. The recognition by Turkey of the permanent neutrality of the Republic of Moldova would open a new page in the history of bilateral relations and the future development of the Moldovan state, "the document underlined. Dodon mentioned developing political principles’ document "Concept of the constitutional status of permanent neutrality of the Republic of Moldova". He believes that this document "must be recognised at the international level." To this end, he offers high-level consultations (Moscow, Vienna, Washington, Berlin, Paris) on promoting international recognition of the status of permanent neutrality of the Republic of Moldova. He recalled that earlier "he expressed his disagreement on NATO Liaison Office in the Republic of Moldova opening on December 8, 2017". In his opinion, this "may negatively affect the dialogue progress on the Transdniestrian problem settlement." “At the same time, taking into account that the Republic of Moldova does not aim joining NATO, Moldova's relations with NATO should be pragmatic and based solely on the observance of the constitutional status of Moldova's permanent neutrality,” the report noted.