The President of Moldova, Maia Sanduhas warned this Monday that “if Ukraine does not receive more aid, Russia will not stop” and will continue in the framework of an invasion that could spread to other countries in the area, as it has indicated.
Sandu, who has stressed the need for kyiv to receive more aid soon, has advocated for an end to “this crazy war” and make Ukraine “recover their territories”.
This was expressed during an interview with the American television channel CNNwhere he has stated that Moldova borders Ukraine and suffers from the existing “tension” with Russia, especially in the separatist region of Transnistria.
In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin revoked a decree passed in 2012 that partly recognized Moldova’s independence. In the case of Transnistria, Sandu has lamented that “There is a regime supported by Russia” in the zone.
“There are Russian troops illegally stationed there and of course this is how the Russian authorities seek to exert their influence on Moldova,” he said.
“When people in Russia try to bring down a democratically elected government, it is a clear symbol that there is no respect for this country.”, he lamented in relation to the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Tensions between the parties have increased significantly since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, leading to the expulsion of all Russian diplomats from the country, and vice versa.
Moldova is not part of the European Union but applied for membership shortly thereafter and obtained candidate country status in June 2022. However, Sandu has admitted that it is a “long process” and has stated that “there are corrupt judges and prosecutors in the country who do not want the reforms promoted from the EU to go ahead.”
When asked about the death of the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeni Prigozhin, she asserted that what happened “only confirms the dangers coming from Russia, a country that lacks justice.”
“Unfortunately this is not limited to the Russian borders and it is the way in which Russia acts towards its neighbors,” he pointed out.
They accuse a Russian of collecting information for the US about the war in Ukraine
The Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly KGB) of Russia has filed charges against a Russian citizen for gather confidential information for the United States on the progress of the war in Ukraine.
The defendant, identified as Robert Shonova former employee of the United States Consulate General in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, carried out paid assignments for two US diplomats, from September 2022 until the time of his arrest last May, according to the FSB statement.
Among its tasks, the FSB added, was to gather information on the progress of the military campaign in Ukraine, the mobilization processes in the Russian regions and the problems that could influence the protest actions of the population ahead of the elections. presidential elections to be held in Russia in 2024.
The former employee of the US Consulate General in Vladivostok could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison, the maximum contemplated in article 275.1 of the Russian penal code, which penalizes the crime of “collaborating confidentially” with a foreign country. or an international organization.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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