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Moldova ready to return its ambassador to Moscow

In the near future, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Russia Andrei Neguta can return to work to the diplomatic mission in Moscow. This decision was the result of a meeting between the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) of Moldova Tudor Ulianovschi during the Munich Security Conference.

Moldovan government officials also keep talking about restoring good-neighborly relations with the Russian Federation, but on the condition that it "ceases to interfere in the geopolitical situation" in the region.

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip noted "the priority attention that Moldova is paying to the withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition located on the left bank of the Dniester," calling it a prerequisite for solving the Transnistrian conflict and preserving the territorial integrity of the country.

EADaily reported earlier that Neguta was recalled indefinitely for consultations in December 2017. Since then, the relations between the two countries have been virtually frozen.

Before that, the Moldovan side accused Russia of prejudice against officials when crossing the border. After that, five officials of the Russian embassy, headed by the military attaché, were expelled from the republic. In response to unfriendly gestures, Moscow took tit-for-tat measures.

In parallel, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is Russia's special envoy for Transnistria and co-chair of the Russian-Moldovan intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation, was declared persona non grata by Chisinau.

Now in Moldova, the Law on Combating Russian Propaganda has come into force, banning the broadcasting of Russian information programs on the territory of the country, and representatives of Russian media and public figures are still being deported on arrival from the Chisinau airport.

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