OREANDA-NEWS  Moscow regards the non-admission of a group of scientists to Moldova by official Chisinau as an openly hostile step towards Russia and the CIS countries, the Moldovan authorities continue to destroy relations with their long-standing partners, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Earlier, the press service of the Moldovan Border Police reported that a group of scientists from the Russian Federation and Central Asia, who were traveling to Transnistria for a conference on the Russian language, were not allowed to enter Moldova on an equal basis with other foreigners on the basis of risk analysis and data received from the information and security service.

"Official Chisinau continues to destroy relations with its long-standing partners, hindering the development of humanitarian ties in the CIS," Zakharova said in a comment published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"We regard these actions of the Moldovan authorities as an openly hostile step towards not only Russia, but also other CIS member states, aimed at undermining the traditionally close cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between the Commonwealth countries," Zakharova added.