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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Gets New Cabinet

CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldova’s parliament approved a new Western-leaning government with a program to join the European mainstream on Friday, the last-but-one step to ending months of political stalemate in the country.

Prime Minister Vlad Filat, presenting his government to the parliament, said priorities would include new talks with Russia and other powers to settle the issue of breakaway Transdnestr and secure the withdrawal of Russian troops there.

Though he set European integration as one of five priorities of his government, Filat said his country would maintain neutrality in foreign policy. This appeared to rule out any future bid for NATO membership.

(Reuters)