Der Standard (Austria), on June, 19th, the NATO can function and without Moldova. Interview of the president of Republic of Moldova of Vladimir Voronin to the Austrian newspaper “Der Standard”.
STANDARD: the Republic Moldova participates in the Program of the European policy of good neighbourhood and has established EU Mission under the control on border with Ukraine. Whether there will be Moldova the neutral country?
Vladimir Voronin: the neutrality Status is confirmed in the Moldavian Constitution. And nobody calls into question this fact, except for some opposition parties which speculate with this theme on purpose to raise the popularity. Considering geopolitical position in which there is Moldova, all realise, that to us is better the neutrality approaches. And, first of all, concerning a Dnestr problem. We - the small country in which live 4 million inhabitants and which has two neighbours - Ukraine and Romania, and it would be erroneous to consider, that we can influence the geostrategic European policy or on the world as a whole. It is better to us to use the neutrality status.
We are a member of the United Nations, many important European and regional structures, for example, cooperation Process in Southeast Europe in which we now are the chairman. Thus to us safety is provided.
STANDARD: the Purpose of Regional council about cooperation is the further European integration into region. At what stage there is today Moldova on this way?
Vladimir Voronin: In 2005 the Republic Moldova recognised the European integration of the country as the major direction of strategic development. Then the three-year plan of cooperation with EU has been developed. And the European Union considers, that we have successfully executed this plan. We hope, that till the end of current year we will manage to begin negotiations on working out of the new plan of the further integration of our country in the European structures.
STANDARD: Moldova does not aspire to be integrated into NATO?
Vladimir Voronin: No, no. I do not think, that our integration into NATO will lead to essential increase of efficiency. The North Atlantic alliance successfully functions and without Moldova.
STANDARD: In 1992 the part of Moldova, under the name Dnestr region, has separated. How affairs in the plan of negotiations on the resolution of conflict now are?
Vladimir Voronin: Since recent time appreciable activization is marked. We met the head of Dnestr region and have planned the certain problems, concerning negotiating process renewal in a format «5+2», and also the legislative aspects connected with the independent status of Dnestr region and terms of introduction of the corresponding law.
All participants of negotiating process and especially we, in Kishinev, perfectly understand, that much depends on a role of Russia in it. Therefore we are pleased very much with that fact, that the State Duma of Russia has divided the Dnestr conflict from North Ossetia and Abkhazian, having made of the decision in which it is said, that the Dnestr conflict is necessary for solving in a context of territorial integrity of Republic Moldova.
STANDARD: you expect change of the Russian course with arrival of president Dmitry Medvedev?
Vladimir Voronin: No. I expect the further improvement of relations between Moldova and the Russian Federation, after all Moldova is a member of the CIS, and one of priorities of foreign policy of Medvedev is the policy within the limits of Commonwealth.
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