Russia says Moldova riots undermine sovereignty

MOSCOW Wed Apr 8, 2009 9:37am BST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that riots in Moldova were a plot aimed at undermining the sovereignty of the ex-Soviet state, pointing a finger at forces which favour a reunion with Romania.

"Judging by the slogans shouted in the squares, plenty of Romanian flags in the hands of organisers of these outrages, their aim is to discredit the achievements in strengthening the sovereignty of Moldova," it said in a statement.

"The Russian foreign ministry hopes that common sense will prevail, public and constitutional order will be restored in the next few days and the choice of the Moldovan citizens will be confirmed by all politically responsible forces," it added.

(Writing by Oleg Shchedrov)

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