President Maia Sandu has declared that Moldovan legislation will be modified to allow for the imposition of sanctions on foreign citizens. The announcement was made on Thursday evening during a TV Show on TV8.
In response to the journalist’s questions, President Sandu commended the decisions of the European Union, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to impose sanctions on Moldovan oligarchs in exile and Russian citizens recognized for their involvement in destabilizing actions within the Republic.
“These are good decisions that help us fight against hybrid threats and attempts to destabilize the situation in Moldova,” said President Sandu.
According to her, the Moldovan authorities have submitted an additional list to Brussels, which includes individuals who may be subject to sanctions.
In her remarks, President Sandu acknowledged that Moldova should also impose international sanctions on foreign individuals involved in such actions.
“We need to introduce some changes in legislation to enable the implementation of such sanctions. So far, we have a list of foreign citizens who are banned from entering Moldova. Additionally, I believe that international sanctions from the United States and other countries are more painful and effective than what we can do on our own. However, we are working in this direction,” emphasized the President.
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At the beginning of June, the United States announced sanctions against “seven prominent members of a Russian intelligence-linked influence network for their role in the destabilization campaign in the Republic of Moldova.” The U.S. Department of the Treasury stated in a press release that “Konstantin Sapojnikov, Iuri Makolov, Gleb Hloponin, Svetlana Boiko, Aleksei Losev, Vasili Gromovikov, and Anna Travnikova are members of a Russia-linked influence network that sought to destabilize the situation in Moldova.”
Previously, the United States had imposed sanctions on oligarchs Vladimir Plahotniuc and Ilan Şor. In addition to them, the EU sanctions list includes parliamentarian Marina Tauber, the leader of the PACE party Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, and Russian businessman Igor Cheika, while Canada has added businessman Veaceslav Platon, who is currently hiding in London, as well as former parliamentarians Vladimir Andronachi and Constantin Botnari, to its list.
President Maia Sandu’s commitment to imposing sanctions on foreign individuals involved in destabilizing actions reflects the Republic of Moldova’s determination to combat threats to its security and stability. By aligning with international efforts, Moldova aims to send a clear message that such actions will not be tolerated, and those responsible will face the consequences of their actions.