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Moldova’s integration to NATO to be revised after elections, vows president

Attempts by the current Moldovan government to cozy up to NATO are illegal, because this violates the country’s constitution, Moldovan President Igor Dodon told Izvestia. He noted that all agreements aimed at Chisinau’s integration into the alliance had to be revised after the upcoming parliamentary elections. "Of course, there were attempts on the part of the current government to deepen cooperation with NATO. I strongly oppose these initiatives. We need to strengthen our neutrality status. That’s why an agreement with Romania and other accords on military cooperation contradict the constitution and should be cancelled after the parliamentary elections," he stressed. NATO is trying to drag as many former Soviet states into the alliance as possible under the pretense of its "open door policy" (enshrined in Article 10 of the alliance’s founding document), First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council’s (upper house) Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov told the paper. According to the politician, both Western countries and Romania are interested in bringing Moldova closer to NATO. "Bucharest makes no secret of its interest in dragging Moldova into NATO. Meanwhile, NATO once again wants to get closer to Russia’s border and create a ‘buffer zone.’ The alliance is interested in building new military bases, and deploying its weapons to exert pressure on Russia," Dzhabarov said. Moldova’s parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on February 24, 2019. According to the latest surveys, the opposition Party of Socialists led by Igor Dodon is likely to secure the majority of seats, anywhere from 35% to 51%. The ruling Democratic Party can garner about 15%. If the socialists can win the elections and secure the most seats in the nation’s parliament, then the country will be in for domestic political reforms and profound changes in foreign policy.