New Ambassador of Russia to Moldova, Farit Mukhametshin, has come to Chisinau. According to experts, Mukhametshin’s nomination is a sign of the Kremlin’s increasing interest in Moldova. The Ambassador is meeting with Moldovan politicians and emphasising the significance of Russia-Moldova relations.
Last week, Farit Mukhametshin met with Prime Minister Vlad Filat. During the meeting, Mukhametshin emphasised that, by appointing him ambassador, President Medvedev entrusted him with a task of “strengthening relations between Moscow and Chisinau”. Mukhametshin’s meeting with President of Moldovan Parliament Marian Lupu was similar in tone.
Before he came to Chisinau, Farit Mukhametshin had been president of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). Though it is seemingly not a very prestigious function, the man was coordinating one of the most important elements of Russian soft power policy towards the CIS. According to Witold Rodkiewicz (Centre for Eastern Studies), Mukhametshin’s nomination is a clear sign of the Kremlin’s increasing interest in Moldova. Mukhametshin was Ambassador of Russia to Uzbekistan (2003-2008) and representative of Tatarstan to the Presidential Administration (1995-1999).
Translated by Marta Lityńska