“In another political and geopolitical context, it would have justified an output force of people to stop defiant actions of the government [criticizing the investiture of new members of [Pavel] Filip government]. Now, when only a few months are before the parliamentary elections, we should avoid emotions.” – Igor Dodon, Moldpres, 10 January 2018.
“As promised, I will not yield to the regime under any pretext. I will not approve compromised candidates [ministers] and I will not sign laws that contradict the interests of citizens… As for the current actions of the regime with the support of the Constitutional Court, they will not remain without consequences. After the parliamentary elections that will be held this year, we will have to change and correct many things.” – Igor Dodon, Channel News Asia, 6 January 2018.
“Concerning the law on combating propaganda, it is an outright violation of the freedom of citizens of the Republic of Moldova to obtain information [referring to the law that would restrict Russian TV broadcasts as foreign propaganda].” – Igor Dodon, Channel News Asia, 6 January 2018.
“The building is supposed to be opened during the official visit of President Erdoğan at Chișinău, which will be made upon my invitation and which is scheduled for May of this year [referring to the renovation of the Presidency building].” – Igor Dodon, Moldova.org, 4 January 2018.
“I voiced hope that Rodica Antoci and Lilian Chisca [the newly sworn leadership of the National Integrity Authority] will perform their duties in strict compliance with the legislation and will help prevent corruption in the public sector in Moldova, thus ensuring the democratic development of our country.” – Igor Dodon, Moldpres, 3 January 2018.
“The court once again confirmed its image of an obedient political instrument, not a constitutional body. This is a shameful and regrettable fall for a state that claims to be democratic [regarding the decision by the country’s constitutional court to suspend his powers temporarily due to a wrangle between him and the pro-Western government over ministerial appointments].” – Igor Dodon, Reuters, 2 January 2018.
“CCM [the Constitutional Court of Moldova] was expected to repeat the political trick from 17 October, last year, when the head of state was suspended, so as Defence Minister Eugen Sturza be sworn in office. The legal procedures are seriously violated again. As normal, the government should have appealed to the Court under a decision or the parliament, also through a decision; yet, only several lawmakers appealed through notification.” – Igor Dodon, Moldpres, 2 January 2018.
“I have asked Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller to provide Moldova with a 10-15% gas discount for next year. In recent years, the cost of gas for Moldova had decreased more than twice. So, the pas price should be decreased for the ultimate customer.” – Igor Dodon, eDaily, 27 December 2017.
“I stressed Moldova’s role of a stronghold of the Orthodox Christian world and an advance guard in struggle for Christian values, … The Orthodox Church is a most authoritative institute of Moldovan society today.” – Igor Dodon, TASS, 26 December 2017.
“The Patriarch accepted my invitation to make a pastoral visit to Moldova and to take part in the World Congress of Families, due to convene in Chisinau in September 2018.” – Igor Dodon, TASS, 25 December 2017.
“I see this as yet another provocation by our pro-European government, aimed at undermining the strategic partnership between our countries [condemning the government’s decision to recall its envoy to Russia for consultations].” – Igor Dodon, Radio Free Europe, 18 December 2017.
“If the purpose of this provocation [recalling of Moldova’s envoy to Russia] is to disrupt my visit to Russia, it will have no effect: I will not change my plans and make a visit to Russia anyway.” – Igor Dodon, Radio Free Europe, 18 December 2017.