Moldovan news agency Infotag reported that Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has said that Moldova's breakaway Dniester region should be given broad autonomy based on the principle of Moldova's sovereignty.
In an interview with the Romanian newspaper Cronica Romana, Timofti said that "Moldova should remain a territorially integral and functional state".
"Chisinau's position towards Russian ammunition stored at depots in Cobasna and the Russian troops deployed in the Dniester region remains unchanged: Russia must withdraw its troops and weapons from Moldova in line with the international commitments undertaken at the 1999 OSCE summit in Istanbul. This does not depend on the results of [ongoing] negotiations in the five plus two format [involving Moldova, the Dniester region, Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, the EU and the OSCE]," Timofti said.
Asked about the possibility of Moldova's joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the president said that "the EU is the only path to prosperity for Moldova in spite of all European integration difficulties".
"The adoption of European values will strengthen our state institutions and, at the end of the day, will help improve living standards. Some political groups are trying to integrate Moldova into the so-called Eurasian Union that, in fact, does not exist. We should fully concentrate on European integration. We cannot balance between two models of development forever. At the same, we continue to have friendly relations and economic and cultural cooperation with the CIS member states," Timofti said.