Rus­sian’s re­marks ir­ri­tate Moldova

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BUCHAREST, Ro­ma­nia — Moldova has de­clared a Rus­sian deputy prime min­is­ter per­sona non grata af­ter re­marks he made af­ter an aborted visit to the ex-Soviet repub­lic.

Wed­nes­day’s state­ment from Moldova’s For­eign Min­istry came af­ter Dmitry Ro­gozin aban­doned a trip to the coun­try Friday af­ter his plane was barred from en­ter­ing Ro­ma­nian and Hun­gar­ian airspace. Both coun­tries are EU mem­bers.

Ro­gozin is one of the most se­nior Rus­sian of­fi­cials to be slapped with an EU visa ban in 2014 af­ter Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea from Ukraine.

Ro­gozin later told the Ros­siya 24 TV sta­tion that Rus­sia would adopt “special sanc­tions” against Moldovan and other of­fi­cials who he said had ob­structed his visit.

The min­istry sum­moned Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Farit Muhamet­shin on Wed­nes­day and said “Moldova wants to build with Rus­sia bi­lat­eral re­la­tions on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect.”

AP/JEROME DE­LAY

Sup­port­ers of Rwanda’s Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame at­tend an elec­tion cam­paign rally Wed­nes­day on the hills over­look­ing Ki­gali, Rwanda. Rwanda’s long­time pres­i­dent has al­ready claimed vic­tory in Friday’s elec­tion. In this strictly run coun­try, Kagame is praised for bring­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment but crit­i­cized for sti­fling op­po­si­tion — and now the con­sti­tu­tion al­lows him to stay in power un­til 2034.

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