State Duma to consider statement on Moldova events
The State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday will consider a statement in connection with the latest events in Moldova, Itar-Tass reported.
A majority of Russian lawmakers voted to put the issue on the agenda of the Wednesday session.
"The situation requires an immediate reaction from the State Duma," house speaker Boris Gryzlov said.
The opposition staged protests in the Moldovan capital on Tuesday, which escalated to mass disturbances in the streets.
President Vladimir Voronin, in his address to the nation, called the rioting a coup attempt.
He warned that "political instruments in the conditions of coup are no longer acceptable," and that the Moldovan authorities were resolutely standing up to defend the country from pogromists.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Moldova. During a telephone conversation with Voronin, he called for "the soonest peaceful settlement of the situation, restoration of order and the adherence to the election law and Constitutional norms."