Moldova story

From yesterday’s RFE/RL:

WASHINGTON SAID TO HAVE FORCED CHISINAU TO SELL AIRCRAFT IN 1997. Former Moldovan President Petru Lucinschi said at a trial of former Moldovan Defense Minister Valeriu Pasat on 4 July that the United States pressed Moldova into selling its warplanes cheaply to Washington and dismissed charges that Pasat defrauded the state, Reuters reported. Pasat is currently standing trial on charges of selling too cheaply 21 MiG-29 jet fighters to the United States in 1997 (see “RFE/RL Newsline,” 28 June 2005). Lucinschi told journalists that Moldova had received an offer of $93 million for the planes, but had to yield to Washington’s bid. “We did receive an offer from a South Korean firm ready to pay $93 million, but the Americans told us the planes would end up in Iran,” he noted. Washington offered to buy the fighters as part of a plan to make arms stocks in the former Soviet Union safe (see “RFE/RL Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova Report,” 7 July 2005). JM

This may all seem ludicrous and conspiratorial, but I actually met a former US diplomat a couple of years ago who told me that he had been on the other end of this deal (which in his account was pretty much as ex-President Lucinschi describes it) and that the story was a little more complicated…

1 thought on “Moldova story

  1. DEAR SIR, HOW ARE YOU?

    THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL. I AM FORMER PRESIDENT OF A EURIOPEAN REPUBLIC AND HAVE THE PRIVELEGE TO REQUEST YOUR ASSISTANCE TO VIEW THE ATTACHED PHOTOS.

    GOD BLESS YOU! HEY!

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