Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was declared ‘persona non-grata’ in Moldova


The Cabinet of Ministers of Moldova at a meeting on Wednesday decided to declare Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata.

“He made a number of statements that were slanderous, offensive and unfriendly by their nature. A good example is his interview TV channel Russia-24, in which he made insulting statements addressed to Moldovan citizens and authorities,” said the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur.

According to him, such “statements are contrary to the nature of the relations that the Republic of Moldova is trying to build with the Russian Federation.”

“Given that public statements seriously affect the image of our country, both inside and outside, I propose to make Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata in the Republic of Moldova, and to forbid him entering and crossing the territory of our country in accordance with Law #25 of 2016,” said Galbur.

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip, in turn, said that “the statements made by Rogozin are unacceptable.”

“I believe that our duty as authorities is to protect the dignity of our citizens and the country every time we feel the need to do so. Our relationships with any country, big or small, must rely on mutual respect. We will be consistent in these actions,” said Philip.