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EU imposed sanctions for attempts to destabilize Moldova

Feb 23, 2024

The Council of the European Union has imposed sanctions against six individuals and one paramilitary organization for actions aimed at destabilizing, undermining or threatening the sovereignty and independence of Moldova.

This is reported with reference to the Council of the European Union.


The corresponding restrictive measures were introduced today, February 22.

The release notes that Moldova is one of the countries that "suffered the most from the consequences of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine," and serious attempts to destabilize the country have become more frequent.

According to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, the EU Council imposes sanctions on the paramilitary organization: The Association of People with Epaulets "Scutul Poporului", which "has repeatedly attempted to undermine the democratic government of Moldova, including by inciting unrest and violent demonstrations, as well as its leader".

Among the individuals subject to the restrictive measures is the deputy head of the Operational Intelligence Department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), responsible for the Kremlin's covert operations in Moldova, in particular in the Transnistrian region since 2016.

In addition, the Council imposes sanctions on the heads of media trusts that own several media channels in the country and "often disseminate messages aimed at obstructing and undermining the democratic political process".

"The list also includes other individuals engaged in the dissemination of disinformation and inciting violence and fear, or linked to the "Bank Fraud" case.," the EU Council said in a statement.

Individuals and organizations subject to the current sanctions are subject to asset freezes. EU citizens and companies are prohibited from providing them with funds.

In addition, six individuals are subject to a ban on entry and transit through the EU.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 23/02/2024

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