European nations, Russia back new government in Moldova
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Five European nations and Russia declared support Monday for elected lawmakers in Moldova, where a court-appointed interim president dissolved parliament and called a new...
Early results: No party secures majority in Moldova ballot
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Near-final results from Sunday's parliamentary elections in Moldova showed no party secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo...
Moldova parliamentary ballot: what’s at stake?
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — More than three million Moldovans are eligible to vote in parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine. They will...
AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's president said Thursday the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union.
Ruling party reacts to claims of Moldova democracy imperiled
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's governing party is acknowledging the democratic shortcomings laid out in a European Parliament report this week, but downplayed blame directed at the government. .
The report issued Tuesday said Moldova, a former Soviet republic, was backsliding on its path to democracy. It said the country's economy, state institutions and media were controlled by a handful of people.
Turkish president in Moldova for 2-day visit to boost ties
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Moldova Wednesday for a two-day visit aimed at boosting political and trade ties with the former Soviet republic.
Erdogan met President Igor Dodon for talks at the presidential building, which was reopened for the occasion. Turkey funded repairs the building required after it was ransacked in 2009 by demonstrators protesting elections they said were rigged by the then-communist government.
Moldova’s president slightly injured in car crash
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan President Igor Dodon sustained minor injuries Sunday when the car he was traveling in was involved in a crash, officials said.
Presidential adviser Maxim Lebedinschi said Dodon didn't require medical treatment after the crash, which occurred near the town of Straseni, north of the capital, Chisinau.
"He is well and doesn't need medical help," Lebedinschi said.
Thousands in Moldova rally, call to reunite with Romania
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Several thousand Moldovans have gathered in the capital Chisinau to call for reunification with Romania.
Supporters carried the Romanian and Moldovan flags, which are virtually identical, and shouted: "Unity," and "Bessarabia, Romanian land," using the old name for Moldova.
Moldova united with Romania in 1918 and was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1940. It gained independence in 1991.
Moldova refuses entry to Romanians calling for reunification
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldovan border police have refused entry to a group of Romanians who were marching to Moldova's capital to rally for reunifying the country with Romania.
Organizer George Simion told Moldova's Radio Chisinau on Monday the border shouldn't exist and that officials "wanted to separate Moldovans from Romanians, as if we weren't the same country, the same people."
Moldova united with Romania in 1918 and was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1940. It gained independence in 1991.
Moldova mulls new gas contract with Romania, not Russia
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's government says it will wait for a new Romanian gas pipeline to be built rather than extend a deal with Russian energy company Gazprom.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The U.S. State Department says the invalidation of recent mayoral elections by the country's top court is "a threat to Moldovan democracy."
Andrei Nastase, a pro-European prosecutor who opposes the Russia-friendly policies of Moldova's government, won Chisinau's June 3 mayoral election, defeating a Socialist candidate who called for closer relations with Moscow.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A Moldovan court rejected an appeal Thursday of its ruling to invalidate the results of a local election in the former Soviet republic's capital city.
Andrei Nastase, a pro-European prosecutor who opposes the Russia-friendly policies of Moldova's government, won 52.5 percent of the vote in Chisinau's June 3 mayoral election, defeating a Socialist candidate who called for closer relations with Moscow. About 39 percent of voters cast ballots in the election.
Protests in Moldova after court voids pro-Europe mayor’s win
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Wednesday after a court invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of Chisinau without providing a reason.
The development prompted concerns by the U.S. Embassy in Moldova and some members of the European Parliament.
Moldova: Pro-European voted mayor of Chisinau
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldovan authorities say a pro-European candidate who opposed oligarchs and pro-Russian policy in this former Soviet republic has won the race to become mayor of Moldovan capital, Chisinau.
Election authorities said Monday that Andrei Nastase of the Dignity and Truth platform won 52.57 percent in Sunday's runoff to defeat Socialist Ion Ceban who called for closer relations with Moscow.
2 dead in explosion in Moldovan capital
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Two people died Tuesday in an explosion in a grocery shop in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, police said.
Moldova's chief police officer Alexandru Pinzari said an explosive device detonated after a man entered the shop at 11 am (0900 GMT), took 10 packets of cigarettes from the shop, and refused to pay for them.
Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine decry Russian presence
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pro-EU leaders from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia said Friday that the continued presence of Russian military in their countries was destabilizing.
The parliamentary speakers from the three countries issued a joint statement at the end of a one-day security conference in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, voicing their worries about the Russian military presence in the three ex-Soviet republics.
Russian minister criticizes Moldova’s call for troop pullout
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has criticized a move by Moldova to call for the removal of Russian troops from a pro-Russia separatist region at an upcoming U.N. meeting.
Moldova's Radio Chisinau on Saturday cited Sergey Lavrov as saying the move was "inspired from abroad," an apparent reference to the U.S. and the European Union. Lavrov said it could destabilize the region.
Romania blocks Russian deputy PM from entering EU airspace
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to scrap a trip to Moldova on Friday after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian airspace.
Rogozin told Russian news agencies that he and other Russian officials were traveling on a commercial flight to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau when the plane was denied passage over Romania or Hungary, both European Union members. It had to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk because it was running out of fuel.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's pro-European Liberal Party quit the ruling coalition Monday following the arrest of Chisinau's mayor, but it looks like the government can keep its majority.
The Liberal Party withdrew its three ministers, a deputy premier and politically-appointed managers of government agencies from the three-party coalition that was formed after the November 2014 parliamentary election.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A court has sentenced a Moldovan businessman and former lawmaker to 18 years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering connected to a $1 billion bank fraud.
The court in the capital Chisinau on Thursday sentenced Veaceslav Platon and ordered him to pay the state 869 million lei ($45.2 million) in damages which he siphoned off from the Savings Bank, which subsequently went bankrupt.
In its ruling, the court also confiscated shares Platon held. The ruling is not final.
Moldova: agriculture minister detained in land scam case
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan prosecutors have detained the country's agricultural minister on suspicion that he took part in a scheme to illegally expropriate state-owned vineyards and buildings.
Prosecutors from the National Anti-Corruption Agency detained Agriculture Minister Eduard Grama Wednesday for a 72-hour period and searched the agriculture ministry and Grama's home.
Moldova election: Pro-Russia politician in clear win
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A pro-Russian politician has secured a clear win in Moldova's presidential race, final results showed Monday, an election that many Moldovans hope will rekindle ties with Moscow.
In the full count, Igor Dodon won 52.2 percent of the vote. Maia Sandu, who ran on an anti-corruption ticket, had 47.8 percent. Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Dodon to visit Moscow and said he looked forward to developing bilateral relations.
Moldova: Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A pro-Russia candidate has declared victory in Moldova's presidential election, opening up a commanding lead in the former Soviet republic with nearly all the votes tallied.
Moldova presidential election appears headed to runoff
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's presidential election appeared to be headed toward a runoff after a pro-Russia candidate's lead slipped to just under a majority Sunday, according to near-complete results.
The margin was too close to say whether Igor Dodon would win in the first round. His victory would be a big blow to the pro-Western government, many of whose leading members have been tainted by corruption allegations.
Moldova: 2 men arrested, suspected of ‘terrorism propaganda’
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan prosecutors have arrested two foreign nationals on suspicion of spreading online propaganda for international terror organizations.
The Moldovan Intelligence Service said in a statement Tuesday that organized crime prosecutors had identified and detained the men, aged 18 and 46, as part of Moldova's anti-terrorism measures.
Protests, tear gas at Moldova independence day parade
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan police on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a parade to mark the former Soviet republic's independence day.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered near the main square of Chisinau, Moldova's capital. Many shouted "thieves!" and "shame on you!" as President Nicolae Timofti and other officials laid floral wreaths at a monument honoring Stephen the Great, a 15th-century Moldovan hero.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The International Monetary Fund reached an agreement Tuesday with Moldova for a $179 million, 3-year loan arrangement conditional on the government carrying out reforms.
The IMF said its staff members have reached a "staff-level agreement on an economic reform program" with Moldovan authorities to be supported by the credit facility.
Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip told The Associated Press the news "brings back optimism at home and...