Until the end of this session: Grosu about Moldova’s withdrawal from the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly

The authorities intend to withdraw Moldova from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly by the end of the spring session. This was stated by the Speaker of the Parliament, Igor Grosu, on the air of the Cabinetul din Umbră program on Jurnal TV.

According to him, Moldova no longer wants to be part of a community founded by the aggressor state. He also noted that the authorities are considering the possibility of applying the parity principle to Russian diplomats. So, the Republic of Moldova must accredit as many Russian diplomats as Moldovan diplomats are accredited in the Russian Federation. At present, the ratio is 6 Moldovan diplomats to 40 Russian ones.

“I stand for equality. Now we must give assessments and have no illusions that they will change their behavior. They treated us disrespectfully they will continue to treat us. The situation is currently being assessed, and a proposal will be made in this regard. The plan which I have identified with my colleagues is to say goodbye to them before the end of this parliamentary session. We are withdrawing from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly. What is the point for us, as a legislature, to be in this Inter-Parliamentary Assembly when the founding state, the Russian Federation, invaded the other founding state, Ukraine? Anyway, we no longer participate there, we don’t respond to invitations, we don’t pay a membership fee, and colleagues from the opposition continue to travel at their own expense to be present in the CIS,” the speaker explained.

Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and European Integration denounced four agreements with the CIS. We are talking about the Agreement of Mutual Assistance in Cases of Accidents and Other Emergencies at Electric Power Facilities of the CIS Countries, ratified in 2003; the Agreement on the return of cultural and historical property to the states of their origin; the Agreement on cooperation in the field of prevention and elimination of consequences of natural and man-made emergencies, as well as on the Agreement between the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on the Strategic Armed Forces of December 30, 1991.

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