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Moldova's President-Elect Says If Opponent Won, Country Would Be Erased From Map

© AP Photo / Vadim GhirdaSocialist Party presidential candidate Igor Dodon leaves after a press briefing in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.
Socialist Party presidential candidate Igor Dodon leaves after a press briefing in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Speaking about the significance of his recent electoral victory, Moldovan President-elect Igor Dodon revealed to Russian media that if his opponent Maia Sandu had won the election, the Moldovan state would have disappeared from the map of Europe and been absorbed by Romania.

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Last Sunday, Socialist Party candidate Igor Dodon was elected as Moldova's new president, defeating pro-EU Action and Solidarity Party candidate Maia Sandu in the second round of voting with 52% of the vote.

Speaking to Russian news website Lenta.ru on Thursday about the significance of his victory, Dodon revealed that his win may have saved Moldova's statehood, because his opponent openly talked about incorporating the southeastern-European country into Romania.

"My political opponent Maia Sandu has acknowledged that she has Romanian citizenship. One of the points [of her program] was to unify the country with Romania," the President-elect explained.

© REUTERS / Gleb GaranichAction and Solidarity Party presidential candidate Maia Sandu.
Action and Solidarity Party presidential candidate Maia Sandu. - Sputnik International
Action and Solidarity Party presidential candidate Maia Sandu.

"How can one vote for a person who openly runs for the presidency of a country in order to destroy it, to eliminate it?" he added.

During the election campaign, Dodon and the Socialist Party repeatedly warned against 'playing with the fire of national sentiment', stressing that Moldova is an independent nation, and has its own language, history and culture, and that any attempt by Romania to annex the country would lead to civil war.

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Also during the campaign, Dodon vowed that he would pursue a policy of rapprochement with Russia, including restoring tattered political and economic ties. In recent years, the country has been drifting toward the EU, Romania and NATO, and has actively sought to squeeze Russian peacekeepers out of its breakaway region of Transnistria, with assistance from Ukraine.

Since early 2015, Moldova's pro-EU government has faced one political crisis after another, associated with the disappearance of a billion dollars, or 15% of the country's GDP, from three national banks. Oligarchs associated with the government have been accused of involvement in the heist.

© AP Photo / Roveliu BugaRiot police officers stand in line in front of protesters, some wanting closer links to Russia, others demanding a crackdown on corruption, outside the parliament in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The country has faced regular protests since early 2015.
Riot police officers stand in line in front of protesters, some wanting closer links to Russia, others demanding a crackdown on corruption, outside the parliament in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The country has faced regular protests since early 2015. - Sputnik International
Riot police officers stand in line in front of protesters, some wanting closer links to Russia, others demanding a crackdown on corruption, outside the parliament in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The country has faced regular protests since early 2015.

Moldova's economic dependence on Russia remains significant, with up to a quarter of its GDP coming from remittances of Moldovans living and working in Russia.

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Putin Congratulates Moldovan President-elect Dodon, Invites Him to Russia
Russia welcomed Dodon's victory. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry said that it hoped that the President-elect would fulfill his campaign pledge to retain the country's nonaligned status. President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, congratulated Dodon and said that he hoped for constructive dialogue and cooperation, in line with the provisions of the Russian-Moldovan Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation.

The Russian head of state also invited Dodon to visit Russia. Earlier, Dodon's campaign chair promised that the President-elect would be making his first official foreign visit as President to Russia.

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