Dodon, Zelensky agree on bilateral meeting
Moldovan President Igor Dodon spoke with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone on Tuesday.
"I have spoken with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone. I have congratulated him on being elected president of the neighbor state and wished him success in this responsible position. We have discussed relations developed by Moldova and Ukraine in various areas of mutual interest. We have also agreed to hold a bilateral meeting in the near future and to discuss pressing issues," Dodon wrote on Facebook on Tuesday evening.
As reported, Dodon tried to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after his election president of Moldova, but the meeting never took place. The Ukrainian president had numerous meetings with the Moldovan prime minister and parliament speaker but refused to meet with Dodon, who said in a television program during his campaign in October 2016 that "Crimea belongs to Russia."
Ukrainian Ambassador to Moldova Ivan Hnatyshyn also never met with the Moldovan president and never attended Dodon's meetings with foreign ambassadors. Hnatyshyn applied for being recalled from Moldova after the Ukrainian presidential election, and his request was granted.
Dodon was one of the first to congratulate Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the presidential election.