Romania is interested in stepping up dialogue with Russian Federation – Senate head

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Romania is interested in stepping up the dialogue with the Russian Federation and in making the relations with it normal by a direct and pragmatic political approach, Romanian Senate President Vasile Blaga said in Paris on Friday, during a meeting with Valentina Matvienko, the President of the Russian Federal Assembly’s Federation Council, the Senate’s Press Office said in a release.

Blaga stressed it is a favourable time for developing the bilateral relations and he thus reiterated an invitation made to the Federation Council president to pay a visit to Romania aimed at strengthening the parliamentary relations, which would also lead to an overall improvement of the Romanian-Russian relations, the release said.

The Senate head underscored Romania is interested in pursuing with the consultations from Oct. 2011 on the Transdniester issue.

‘Blaga assured Matvienko that Romania believes Russia could play an important role in the settlement of this issue over time, while preserving the Republic of Moldova’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. At the same time, the Senate president voiced Romania’s support for the NATO-Russia strategic partnership as reflected in the declaration adopted at the NATO Summit in Lisbon.

As regards the missile shield issue, Blaga answered the concerns expressed by the Russian side by stressing the shield is exclusively defensive, a fact confirmed both by the contents of the Romanian-U.S. Accord, which is public and by the technical characteristics of the facilities concerned’, the release said.

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