Moldova Confirms Receiving Water Cannon 'Gifts' from Turkey
Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip confirmed on Wednesday night that he received two water cannon trucks used to disperse protesters during demonstrations as a "gift" from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his visit to Moldova last week.
When asked by journalists about the nature of the gift, Filip responded with a popular Romanian saying: "you wouldn't question horse's teeth if they're a gift."
Turkey's president stated last week while visiting Moldova's autonomous Gagauzia region that he had offered the country two special Toma vehicles for fighting mass protests.
"With Allah's willingness and help, we will continue to support the Moldovan and Gagauz people," Erdogan said when he offered the gift to Moldovan President Igor Dodon last week.
The two, 40-tonne armoured vehicles, equipped with tear gas and water cannons, are the same model used by Turkish riot police to disperse crowds at demonstrations, but have also been used in riots in Azerbaijan, Libya, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Kazakhstan.
Moldova's Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu initially denied that the country had received such a gift.
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