Peskov: Kremlin respects choice of Moldovan and Bulgarian people

Peskov: Kremlin respects choice of  Moldovan and Bulgarian people

Moscow welcomes calls for closer cooperation with Russia made by the winners of presidential elections in Bulgaria and Moldova, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Of course, we were impressed by some of the statements, which shows the willingness to work on normalizing relations with other countries, including our own," the Kremlin spokesman said.

"The Kremlin, of course, respects the choice both of the Moldovan people and of the Bulgarian people. We certainly congratulate the candidates who won," Peskov told reporters. Peskov added that Russia considered Bulgaria to be a very important country for bilateral cooperation and regretted cancellation of many joint projects. 

"We are studying many giant economic projects with the Bulgarian side. Many projects have been cancelled over obvious reasons, which cause deep regret. We hope that new projects will be launched. Russia has always advocated the idea to expand volumes of cooperation, including with Bulgaria," Sputnik cited Peskov as saying.

Moldova's Socialist Party front-runner Igor Dodon announced his second-round victory earlier in the day. Moldova's Central Election Commission places his lead at 52.98 percent with 99.23% of the votes counted. 

Former Bulgarian Air Force Commander Rumen Radev is winning the second round of the presidential election with 59.4% of votes, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC)

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