Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin on March 3 accused Romania of "brutally" imposing its standards on Moldova. In comments to Moldovan television, Voronin said that "since Moldova declared its independence, Bucharest has been primitively imposing Romanian standards on us". Voronin also rejected Romania's offer to defend Moldovan interests in the EU.
Voronin has recently accused Romania of disregarding Moldovans as an ethnic minority. He also criticized a Romanian court's decision to clear Romania's pro-Nazi wartime leader Marshal Ion Antonescu of one of the charges for which he was executed in 1946. Romanian Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu on February 27 accused Moldova of cultivating "political fantasies" and engaging in "sterile polemics."