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Sandu on upcoming elections: Moldova gets ready to counter Russia

Sandu on upcoming elections: Moldova gets ready to counter Russia Moldovan President Maia Sandu (Photo: RBC-Ukraine, Vitalii Nosach)

Russia will continue destabilizing the situation in Moldova and intensify its efforts in the spring, says Moldova's President Maia Sandu.

"We know that the Kremlin will continue its destabilizing actions, and I know that these actions will start closer to spring and will involve people who are in Moldova," she said.

Sandu expressed regret about this and clarified that Russia might change its intervention tactics. However, Moldova has a general understanding of how Russia will act.

"We need to learn lessons from the local elections, and, as far as I know, work is being done at the level of several institutions to turn these lessons into an analysis and develop specific measures to reduce risks and protect the democratic process during citizens' voting," Sandu added.

Russia's influence on Moldova

Previously, the pro-Russian Shor party in Moldova organized protests with the aim of overthrowing the current government and demanded the impeachment of President Maia Sandu. In June 2023, the Constitutional Court of Moldova banned the activities of Shor.

Earlier, Moldova's President Maia Sandu stated that Russia was buying voters in the local elections held in November.

In addition, Chisinau is trying to combat Russian propaganda. In October 2023, Moldova blocked access to 22 Russian propaganda television channels.