Parliament Speaker Igor Grosu announced the start of the procedure for the withdrawal of the Republic of Moldova from the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
“After consultations with citizens, discussions in the PAS parliamentary faction, and with the consent of the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, we decided to start the procedure for the withdrawal of the Republic of Moldova from the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. After 30 years, it became clear that the presence of Moldova in the structures of the CIS did not help us resolve the Transnistrian conflict, did not help us withdraw the Russian army from the territory of the Republic of Moldova, did not save us from the introduction of economic embargoes in the most difficult times. Being in the CIS did not save us from energy blackmail in winter, threats, and hostile statements against our independence and sovereignty.”
The head of the legislature also specified that at the meeting of the Permanent Bureau, he would submit an appeal to Prime Minister Dorin Recean for the preparation of a legislative initiative to denounce the Convention.
Recall that the Republic of Moldova annually pays 5.7 million lei for membership in the CIS, and another 3.8 million lei go to the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. Georgia and Ukraine withdrew from the CIS in 2008 and 2014, respectively, after Russian aggression on the territory of the two states.