Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
5th May, 2016
The US government promised to support the new Moldovan Parliament, including by sending American experts to Moldova who will help “the government in the implementation of the planned reforms.” This was stated by the assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Eurasia Victoria Nuland during a meeting with the first Vice-Chairman of the Moldovan democratic party Vladimir Plahotniuc, reports Interfax.
It should be noted that the meeting was held in the US State Department building, and in addition to Nuland, the Deputy assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink, who recently visited Moldova, was also present.
According to Nuland, the United States appreciates the commitment of the Moldovan government to the idea of reforming the country. “We support the continuation of your work at this pace,” said Nuland, who also pledged that Washington will soon send their experts on key trends to Moldova, and asked that the government of Moldova will continue to act consistently on the path of reforms.”
According to Interfax, Plahotniuc went to the US not just in the composition of a delegation, but as “the Executive coordinator of the ruling coalition in Moldova.” Meanwhile, no one in the Parliament knows about the existence of such a position. The US Embassy in Moldova did not explain anything, and just said that “Plahotniuc is a member of the official delegation of Moldova, which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of economy Octavian Calmac”.
Earlier, Nuland spoke against early parliamentary elections in Moldova because, in her opinion, “Pro-Russian forces can come to power in Moldova” as a result of such elections.