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Not so fast, rejoins the prime minister, who recently inked a new agreement with the EU.19 April 2017
Russia and the four other former Soviet states that make up the trade area awarded Moldova observer status at a summit in Bishkek Friday, EurActiv reports.
Dodon’s vow to shift Moldova from an EU-directed to a pro-Russia path is a radical departure from the pro-EU policies of several successive ineffective and corruption-tarnished administrations.
After Dodon and the EAEU signed a cooperation agreement early this month, Prime Minister Pavel Filip retorted that responsibility for setting foreign policy rests with parliament and said the agreement has “no legal value.”
Although former Socialist Party leader Dodon insisted that EAEU observer status would not conflict with Moldova’s newly upgraded agreement with the EU, he has suggested that agreement could be scrapped if the Socialists win next year’s parliamentary elections, EurActiv says.
The EU will be watching to see that Moldova fulfills its obligations in light of its closer relationship with the EAEU, Reuters quotes a spokeswoman as saying.
Dodon recently accused “corrupt members of various, supposedly pro-EU governments” of stealing more than $800 million worth of EU funds over the last decade.
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