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EU tells ex-Soviet state to sanction Russia

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15 Nov 2023, 09:04 GMT+10

Moldova must do better than just 78% compliance with Brussels, the bloc's envoy has said

The European Union expects Moldova to fully implement sanctions against Russia in order to demonstrate "European values," the bloc's ambassador in the former Soviet republic said on Tuesday.

If Chisinau truly wants to join the EU some day, it needs to implement all of the bloc's laws, rules and regulations - as well as foreign policy, Ambassador Janis Mazeiks said in an interview for the Moldovan channel TV8.

"Sanctions are not introduced just like that. For each of them, there was a reason why it was introduced," the Latvian diplomat who represents Brussels told host Anatoly Golya in the Russian-language broadcast. "Therefore, we expect those countries that want to join the EU to gradually increase their adherence to sanctions."

Mazeiks was addressing Golya's claim that Moldova was already 78% in compliance with the bloc's embargo on Russia, introduced to support Kiev in the Ukraine conflict.

"I hope this percentage will increase, as we look at the Republic of Moldova as a future EU member," the diplomat said, adding that it was important for Brussels to see the implementation of all EU laws and regulations, "including joining the EU sanctions, since this is also a manifestation of our values."

Moldova, which is located between Romania and Ukraine, became an independent state in 1991. Its government has been pushing for EU and NATO membership since 2020, going so far as to ban critics and ask Brussels to sanction those opposed.

The policies of President Maia Sandu defy the wishes of the Moldovan people, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev warned last week, accusing the government in Chisinau of "Romanianization, rejection of sovereignty and national identity," and making Moldova "a new victim of the Western colonialist policy."

Sandu's Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) faced backlash in the local elections earlier this month, losing almost all major cities and Chisinau itself. The party's deputy chairman insisted that the "pro-European choice has won confidently across the whole country," however.

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