Gagauzia Seeks "Friendship with Russia" as Putin "Promises Support"

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.09 - 2024 9:47 AM CET

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Gagauzia Seeks "Friendship with Russia" as Putin "Promises Support".

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The autonomous region of Gagauzia is openly seeking a "friendship with Russia," according to Yevgenia Gucul, the head of the local government.

Upon returning from a visit to Russia, Gucul reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had "promised to support the autonomy and its citizens." This is reported by Wiadomosci.

This statement comes amid widespread discussion in pro-Kremlin media about Gucul's recent trip and her purported detention upon landing in Moldova—an event that, according to Gucul, was misrepresented, as she was indeed welcomed by the authorities and a press conference was organized upon her return.

During her address, Gucul emphasized her commitment to legality and peace, stating,

"I didn't break the law. I did not do anything wrong. On the contrary, I want us to be friends with everyone, especially Russia. Despite everything, we have our own beliefs, our own goals. We want peace, okay. We want friendship."

These comments highlight the region's desire for closer ties with Moscow, amidst claims of increasing pressure from the central government in Chisinau.

Gucul further argued that fostering "friendship with Russia" could serve as a means to protect the inhabitants of Gagauzia.

She pointed out that recent policies introduced by the Moldovan government have negatively impacted Gagauzia's budget and the autonomy rights of the region. The call for a stronger relationship with Russia is framed as a response to these challenges, suggesting a complex interplay of regional autonomy, national politics, and international relations within Moldova.

The situation underscores ongoing tensions in the region, with Gagauzia's push for closer relations with Russia potentially setting the stage for further diplomatic and political developments in the area.

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