EU Set to Impose Sanctions on Moldovan Figures for Destabilization: Crackdown on Disruptors Begins

In an effort to address the destabilization of the Republic of Moldova, the European Union (EU) is gearing up to impose sanctions on the leader of the “ȘOR Party,” Ilan Șor, lawmaker Marina Tauber, former leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), Vladimir Plahotniuc, and others. The initiative was drafted by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and sent to the Secretary-General of the Council of the EU. The list also includes the leader of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, and Russian businessman Igor Ceaika, as reported by journalists from Europa Liberă.

The sanctions entail travel restrictions within EU countries and the confiscation of assets owned by the sanctioned individuals within the EU territory.


The proposed list was put forward on May 22nd by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and now awaits approval from the EU Council (member states). The examination of the proposal began today, May 23rd, and the approval process, to be carried out at the ambassadorial level, is expected to take a few days. The European proposal for sanctioning the five individuals states that the EU “remains steadfast in its support for Moldova” against the “destabilizing activities of external actors.”

Grigore Caramalac and Alexandr Kalinin are also at risk of being sanctioned for their “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.”

In April of this year, the European Union announced its intention to prepare a list of individuals to be sanctioned for their destabilizing actions against the Republic of Moldova. The decision was made during a meeting of foreign affairs ministers from EU member states.

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