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February 25, 2021

WikiLeaks: Voronin turned to EU to solve Transdniester problem

According to WikiLeaks, Vladimir Voronin, former President of the Republic of Moldova, turned to the EU after expressing his disappointment with Moscow and losing all hope that Russia will take concrete steps in order to solve the Transdniester problem. According to Britain’s ‘The Guardian,’ in June 2007 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs William Burns talked about the relations between Moscow and Tbilisi and also about Russia’s presence in Abkhazia, Unimedia informs, being quoted by Realitatea.net.

“Saakashvili said Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin confessed to him that he no longer hopes the Russians will take concrete steps in order to solve the Transdniester problem and would now like to have closer relations with Europe in order to receive assistance,” ‘The Guardian’ writes, quoting a confidential document. The British daily points out that back then Saakashvili was hoping that Russia may eventually try to make some concessions in what concerns the Republic of Moldova and South Ossetia.

WikiLeaks also published other documents pertaining to the Republic of Moldova. One of them reveals that in 2009 Voronin allegedly offered Marian Lupu USD 10 M in order for the Democrat Party to form a coalition with PCRM. Another document shows that the Russian Federation could solve the Transdniester problem in approximately one month if it wishes.


American diplomatic documents revealed by WikiLeaks also showed that Portugal was set to express its ‘disappointment’ in 2006 with the US decision to organize the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest, Mediafax reported. Lisbon withdrew its bid to host the summit at the request of the United States, the documents show.

Portugal’s then Foreign Minister Luis Amado was planning to express the Portuguese government’s disappointment and to reaffirm his country’s commitment to combating terrorism in a meeting he was set to have with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on October 24, 2006, a cable sent by the American ambassador to Portugal at the time to the State Department revealed.

In a message sent a year later in September 2007, the American embassy in Lisbon was saying that “at our request” Portugal eventually withdrew its bid to host the NATO summit. In return, the US accepted to back Portugal for the organization of the 2010 summit.

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