Putin: “Rep. Moldova is losing its identity. The elites think they are not Moldovans, they call themselves Romanians”

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Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the Republic of Moldova is “losing its identity” because of the policies promoted by the current leadership, reported the Interfax agency.

“A country like Moldova practically loses its identity. The elites of this country generally think that they are not Moldovans, they call themselves Romanians. But this is their choice – a complete loss of the country’s identity. This is the choice of the current leadership of Moldova,” Putin said at the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which is taking place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The Russian president emphasized that “no one” apart from the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, “who consider themselves Moldovans, can prevent this”. “This is the choice of each of us: we want to keep our identity or not. Working within the CIS gives us this opportunity and, on the contrary, strengthens our positions, without interfering with cooperation with each other and respecting our national characteristics,” Putin said.

His comments come at a time when the Chisinau authorities have announced that the Republic of Moldova will gradually withdraw from the CIS, against the backdrop of Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

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