MOSCOW – Russia's prime minister has warned that Moscow could punish Moldova after a Russian politician's plane was briefly held while traveling in the region over the weekend, according to state news agency ITAR TASS.
In a Monday meeting with government officials, Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would take the episode into account "with regards to economic cooperation" with Moldova.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was visiting the separatist province of Trans-Dniester on Friday, where he collected signatures for a petition calling on Moscow to recognize the region as independent from Moldova. Boxes containing some of the signatures were confiscated by Moldovan authorities at Chisinau airport.
Russia opposes Moldova seeking an association agreement with the EU, which it hopes to sign this year.