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    Moldova's parliament speaker Andrian Candu claims that the Moldovan government’s decision to declare Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non-grata is directed neither against Russia nor its citizens.

    CHISINAU (Sputnik) – The Moldovan government’s decision to declare Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non-grata is directed neither against Russia nor its citizens, Moldova's parliament speaker Andrian Candu said Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, the Moldovan government declared Rogozin persona non-grata for the latter's "offensive" statements, made during an interview with the Rossiya 24 broadcaster, when the deputy prime minister said that the delegation of the Moldovan government, which visited Russia a half of year ago, behaved like "gypsies." The Moldovan Foreign Ministry specified to Sputnik that the measure was adopted for indefinite time period.

    "We always respect the international relations we have with all countries, including Russia… Today’s actions do not target Russia or its citizens, but [they are aimed] against one person," Candu told reporters.

    Candu added that Moldova was not seeking deterioration of relations with any state.

    The Russian government strongly condemned the actions of the Moldovan authorities. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that naming Rogozin a persona non-grata was absolutely unacceptable. The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Moldovan ambassador to the country over the issue, while Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that Moscow would consider adequate retaliatory measures.

    The Moldovan move comes after on July 28, a Russian S7 airlines plane with Rogozin on board, flying to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, was denied access to enter Romanian airspace due to the fact that the official was on a EU sanctions list.


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