The first round of the presidential elections giving Igor Dodon Moldova’s Socialist Party leader 48.26% of the vote shows that there is strong support for the policy aimed at Eurasian integration and developing closer ties with Moscow, head of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov told TASS on Monday.

 

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In his opinion, “The West will now try to urge voters to support [Dodon’s rival representing the pro-European coalition, Maia] Sandu.” “But I hope that the Russia-oriented forces who stand for Eurasian integration, will have common sense and support Dodon,” the Russian MP added.

 

As the State Duma observers said, there had been no serious irregularities that could have affected the voting process, Kalashnikov noted.