Moldovan prime minister Maya Sandu said that the government was not informed about the Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu's visit to Chisinau in advance. Therefore, his visit scheduled for August 24 can only be private.
The Russian minister of defense was invited by his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Voicu to participate in events dedicated to the country's liberation from fascist invaders.
Mr. Shoigu can visit Moldova on a private visit, but the meeting cannot be official. He cannot sign a single agreement <...> In addition, the delegation cannot accompany Shoigu, explained Maya Sandu speaking with the Moldovan minister of defense.
She asked Pavel Voicu to follow all formal procedures in the future and inform the foreign ministry about such initiatives. The prime minister also asked Moldovan foreign affairs minister Nikolai Popescu to speak with the Moldovan ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta to clarify all the circumstances of the incident.
Earlier, News.ru reported that Moldova thanked Russia for stepping in against coup d'etat.