Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev, who made a one-day routine visit to Kiev on Friday, says he has convinced the Ukrainian authorities to let Moldova citizens enter Ukraine with their old Soviet passports until January 1, 2004.
Kiev's newly regulations, requiring foreign passports and visas for the entry into Ukraine starting July 1, 2002, came as a shock to the residents of Moldova, particularly the Ukrainian community, accounting for thirteen percent of the republic's population. Moldova-based Ukrainians visit their relatives in the neighbouring Ukraine on a regular basis. The problem is that not everyone in Moldova can nowadays afford a foreign passport, as the fee charged for the service is half the nation's average wage.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons