Moldovan President Dodon Takes Heat For Welcoming North Koreans
Opposition Says Should Be Upholding European Values
Pro-Russian President Igor Dodon took heat this week for welcoming with open arms a North Korean delegation. An official delegation of the North Korean Worker’s Party came on Saturday to participate in the 20th anniversary festivities of the Moldovan Socialist Party, reports Balkan Insight.
“[North] Korea has an enormous potential to develop commercial relations,” Dodon wrote on his Facebook fan page. “They are interested in several categories of Moldovan agricultural products, especially Moldovan wine, and the first batches of Moldovan wine will shortly be exported to this country,” the President explained.
“We’ll make efforts to establish an efficient dialogue,” declared Dodon, also saying that Moldova wants relations with the East and the West.
“Comrade Dodon, please stop! It’s time to become civilized and think maturely!” he said. “We are in Europe, we’re supposed to be Europeans, where the values of democracy are at the basis of all states. You cannot legitimize authoritarian regimes like North Korea!” said vice-president of parliament, Iurie Leanca.
“We’d go to Syria if we were invited,” said Dodon’s spokesman in April.