Romania against Rogozin: why is the Board Vice-Prime Minister was not allowed to Chisinau

The Romanian authorities have not missed through its territory of aircraft with the Deputy Prime Minister on Board, EN route to Chisinau. The Russian foreign Ministry protested, and the Russian policy are encouraged to apply to the Bucharest tougher measures

Dmitry Rogozin

(Photo: Alexei Nikolsky / TASS)

Missed Rogozin

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Friday and could not arrive in Chisinau. In Moldova, Vice-Premier and special envoy of the President of Russia on Transnistria was going to take part in the events marking the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria, which started July 29, 1992. However, the airline S7 Airlines with the delegation on Board was not allowed into the airspace of Romania, after which he was forced to land in Minsk.

S7157 regular flight on the route Moscow — Chisinau was forbidden to enter the airspace of Romania service of air traffic under the pretext of being on Board the “sanction persons”, reads the statement of the airline. In a press-service of Embassy of Russia in Romania in response to a request RBC declined to comment on the decision of the Romanian authorities. Rogozin was included in the sanctions lists of the European Union and the United States after the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

The plane later, without Rogozin on Board, still flew to Chisinau. The airline in this incident are not to blame, passengers can seek compensation from Romania, but this is unlikely to be possible, the Director of the Law group “Yakovlev & Partners” Anastasiya Ragulina.

On Friday, July 28, Rogozin planned to meet with President of Moldova Igor Dodon and to discuss bilateral relations. Were to be discussed the next phase of the Amnesty Moldovan migrants convicted of a violation of Russian laws and prospects of cooperation on Transnistria. The next day the Deputy Prime Minister together with the Moldovan leader was planning to go to Transnistria, where Bender politicians had to take part in the celebrations and to meet with the President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic Vadim Krasnoselsky.

That Rogozin will be difficult to get to Chisinau, the Moldovan authorities have warned in advance. The Ministry of foreign Affairs and European integration of Moldova (MFAEI) has sent a letter to the Russian Embassy in Chisinau, which said about the impossibility of crossing the airspace of Moldova military aircraft with the Russian delegation. The occasion was the absence of “necessary conditions”, which, as stated in the document, “the Russian side has been informed repeatedly informed.” Later the Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip, commenting on the incident, stated that the Republic welcomes the visit of Rogozin, but only if it arrives not on a military plane.

Moldovan President criticized the Cabinet for double standards. “A few years ago in Chisinau landed huge military aircraft in the U.S. Air force with dozens of admirals on Board. Then, no technical problems were observed”, said Dodon. He also said that the unfriendly actions of the government “fit into the strategy of anti-Russian policy” of the last time (quoted by “RIA Novosti”). “Strange people. First got the idea that I’m going to him on a military airplane (the TU-160?), and then, believing in this nonsense, made a fuss”, — Rogozin wrote on Twitter and then on his page in Facebook Prime Minister offered Philip to choose his means of transport to Moldova — helicopter or motorcycle.

Igor Dodon was elected President in 2016, he promised to expand the country’s foreign policy and make it more Pro-Russian with the prospect of breaking the Association Agreement with the EU and joining the Eurasian economic Union. However, the powers of the President of Moldova is very limited, and major decisions, including on foreign policy, are accepted by the government, formed after parliamentary elections. The current ruling coalition headed by the Pro-European Democratic party.

The President Of Moldova, Igor Dodon

(Photo: Alexei Druzhinin / TASS)

The President again against the government

The conduct of the anniversary celebrations, the Moldovan government also considered it inappropriate. July 26, the foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador Farit Mukhametshin and warned about the “inappropriate organizations in unilateral activities” in connection with the fact that “such actions can cause damage to the Moldovan-Russian relations”. The next day, travel to Moldova banned the Deputy of the state Duma from the liberal democratic party Paul Speravo and the group of Russian artists who were supposed to participate in activities in Transnistria. In a press-service of the Russian Embassy in Chisinau said “RIA Novosti” that the gesture of the Moldovan authorities is a provocation and is aimed “at undermining bilateral relations.”

He laid the blame for the failure of the visit of the Russian delegation to the government and announced the upcoming in September, protests against the ruling Pro-European coalition headed by the Democratic party of Moldova, the reason for which was “unprecedented Russophobic show.” Another conflict is the result of the internal conflict, and the overall geopolitical orientation of Moldova, which remains purely in Pro-Western form, one of whose aims is the provision of direct pressure on the Transnistrian Republic and the forced solution of the conflict, Chisinau best way, said associate Professor of RSUH Alexander Gushchin.

However, Moldovan public figure Igor Tulyantsev sure that there is no conflict between claiming its Pro-Russian President and a Pro-Western government there. He recalled that the Party of socialists of Dodon supported the introduction of a mixed electoral system that will benefit the ruling majority led by the Democratic party and its leader Vlad Plahotniuc. Such anti-Russian actions Plakhotnyuk, according to Tulyantseva, trying to prove loyalty to the West, as other means to do it had not. Tulyantsev said that Moscow must be tough to respond to the actions of Chisinau. “If Russia will close its eyes to such actions, the current regime will continue to irritate Moscow, thus gaining credibility with the West,” — the politician explains.

However, while Russia is only protested to the Romanian authorities. July 28, foreign Ministry expressed strong protest to the chargé d’affaires of Romania to Russia to Viorel Cojocaru because of the ban on flying through the airspace of the country for passenger aircraft. Under the threat was delivered security, more than 160 passengers. Moscow regarded the incident as a deliberate provocation, causing serious damage to bilateral relations, said the Ministry statement. “The Romanian authorities have endangered the lives of passengers airliner of S7, women and children. The fuel was enough to Minsk. Wait for an answer, you bastards”, — Rogozin wrote in his microblog on Twitter.

The airline in this incident are not to blame, passengers can seek compensation from Romania, but this is unlikely to bring success, the Director of the law group “Yakovlev & Partners” Anastasiya Ragulina. “The airline is not to blame. It was a necessary measure we had to sit in Minsk. While asked permission to sit down until asked permission to fly on… I would call it force majeure. I don’t think the passengers in this case have the right to claim compensation from the airline. You most likely want from Romania, but such practices have not, so hardly”.

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov in conversation with RBC said that the response, Moscow must accept not only for Romania, but also Moldova. According to him, can be applied to the economic and diplomatic measures, including bans local officials from entry to Russia. Responsible for another crisis in relations Kalashnikov holds the Pro-Western structures of Moldova and Romania, who do everything to worsen relations between Chisinau and Moscow, their goal is to destroy what Dodon, together with the Russian leadership somehow trying to establish. “From Russia should also be appropriate measures. In the end, the question has sharply enough to be delivered” — I agree Deputy Konstantin Zatulin (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

Unfriendly steps

On may 29, Moldova declared five Russian diplomats persona non grata, suspecting them of spying for the Main intelligence Directorate (GRU). Meanwhile, Russia also expelled five diplomats.

July 21, the Moldovan Parliament voted for the adoption of the Declaration on the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. The document States that the presence of Russian troops on the territory of the unrecognized state, as well as “large quantities of weapons and ammunition” represents “ongoing threat” to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova”. Representatives of the party of socialists of Igor Dodon, President demonstratively left the session, calling the initiative a provocation, and the Dodon said that such actions “aimed at worsening relations” with Russia and “undermining those achievements [Chisinau] was able to achieve jointly with the Russian leadership”.

July 17, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Moldova opened the first joint checkpoint of Kuchurgan — Pervomaisk on the Transnistrian segment of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border. At the same time, Poroshenko promised to “contribute to the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Moldova”. The Transnistrian authorities took it as an attempt of pressure and promised to seek the support of Russia.

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