MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – We hope that Moldova will maintain interaction and its activities in the CIS, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev told the media, BelTA has learned.
“I have been chairing the CIS Executive Committee for many years, and statements about the possible withdrawal of this or that state are heard regularly. They are voiced by public figures, MPs, journalists and so on. Officially, no one of Moldova's officials has ever announced the withdrawal from the CIS,” said Sergei Lebedev.
Moreover, there are statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister of Moldova that it is too early to leave the CIS, that the union is good for the country, the chairman of the Executive Committee said. “Most CIS member states, and it has been repeatedly stated, believe that the strengthening of interaction with the European Union should not hinder the preservation and development of cooperation within the Commonwealth of Independent States. One does not interfere with the other. It is the right of each state to identify partners for interaction, but not to the detriment of partnership with other states. We hope that Moldova will maintain its cooperation, its activities within the CIS. Unfortunately, I have to say that Moldova's engagement has significantly decreased in recent months, but the country has not stopped its interaction with the CIS,” Sergei Lebedev said.