Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been declared persona non grata in the Republic of Moldova by a Government decision, in Chisinau, shortly after the Russian official had declared his willingness to come to Chisinau in September, if the Moldovan authorities would offer him security guarantees and the right to fly in the airspace of all transit countries, deschide.md informs.
According to TVR Moldova, the decision was made by the government, following a request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Moldovan Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur said that Dmitry Rogozin has made a series of comments, denigrating and offensive statements to Republic of Moldova and its people.
“In a recent interview, Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin made offensive statements against Moldovan authorities. He made denigrating statements against our authorities. Such actions can only be qualified as interference in our state’s internal affairs. Considering that the statements made by the Russian Deputy PM seriously affect the image of our country, I suggest declaring Mr. Rogozin as persona non grata on Moldovan territory,” Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur said.
Russian Foreign Ministry summons ambassador
The Moldovan government declaring Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin a persona non-grata is absolutely unacceptable, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
“The situation with Rogozin is much worse [than the United States introducing new anti-Russia sanctions]. It is absolutely unacceptable,” Peskov told reporters, sputniknews.com reports.
On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it had summoned the Moldovan ambassador to the country over the country’s government’s decision to declare Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non-grata.
“On June 2, Moldovan ambassador Andrei Neguta was invited to the Russian Froreign Ministry. The secretary of state, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin, expressed to him a strong protest in connection with the decision of the Moldovan government to declare Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non-grata,” the ministry said in a statement, quoted by sputniknews.com
The ministry said the Moldovan government decision is ‘irresponsible’, which risks undermining the Russian-Moldovan relations and may have destabilizing influence on the regional situation and on entire Europe.
Igor Dodon denounces decision
Moldova’s President Igor Dodon has denounced the decision made by the country’s government declaring Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata. “For us, this is an act of a great political foolishness,” the Moldovan leader said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Today, Moldova was involved in a diplomatic and geopolitical conflict that is exceptional for the last quarter-century.”
He supposed that the West might be behind it. “I don’t know if it is the government’s independent decision. This is rather influence from overseas,” the president noted. He pinned the blame for spoilt relations with Russia on Moldova’s ruling Democratic Party. According to Dodon, this political force will do anything to disrupt the restoration of relations with Moscow that he is striving for.
In an interview to Rossia 24 TV, Rogozin had harshly denounced a visit by a Moldovan delegation to Russia, which he described as ‘a kind trivial bargaining’, timpul.md reports, quoted by hotnews.ro.
“Half a year ago, a governmental delegation from Moldova came to us … How to tell you, some kind of trivial bargaining, I will openly say to you. They begged for them all sorts of trifles: about the transit of means of transport, on the terms of delivery of apples and wines, on the issue of migration. They tried to get our agreement, and obviously we, as noble people, do not want this to affect the interests of the simple people in Moldova. And when the time has come to solve some of the main problems with the Moldovan government, they have hidden through the holes like mice,” Rogozin said, according to the source.
On the other hand, in an interview for NTV television station, Rogozin said that the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, is to blame for the failure of his visit to Moldova at the end of last week.
“We do not want to divulge certain secrets, the results of our investigation, but we can now say that we have information that Mr. Plahotniuc was behind this challenge, he organized everything. He wanted us to confront Romania and, for this reason, he did it as businessmen usually do it, with the hands of others,” Dmitri Rogozin said.
Romanian authorities prevented a plane having on board Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, en route to Chisinau, from flying over the county’s territory last Friday. It was a civilian plane having onboard a Russian delegation to R. of Moldova for talks with President Igor Dodon.
Romania refused the entry of Russian S7 carrier plane into its airspace because Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is on the EU sanctions list, was on board.
Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Monday that the situation coming from the flight interdiction in Romanian airspace for the plane having onboard Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin was deliberately created to stir political disputes between Romania and Russia. Melescanu pointed to the fact that the Russian politician had previously posted on Twitter the flight itinerary.