Sandu: Ukraine defending Moldova’s freedom

Sandu: Ukraine defending Moldova’s freedom

President Maia Sandu of Moldova, who visited the United States last week, said that Ukraine, which is repelling Russian aggression, is also defending Moldova's freedom, although risks to her country remain.

The president said this in an interview with CNN, Ukrinform reports.

"Ukraine defends today its own freedom, but it also defends Moldova’s freedom. We are very grateful to the brave Ukrainians, but risks are still there. Even though there is no military threat to Moldova these days, thanks to Ukraine, we are facing a hybrid war, there are attempts by Russia to destabilize the situation in Moldova," she said.

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Sandu noted that the components of a hybrid war are Russian propaganda, as well as the use of energy resources as a weapon. According to her, Gazprom reduced gas supplies to Moldova by 60%, despite the valid contract and the high price stipulated in it, which Chisinau is paying.

She pointed to the fact that certain corrupt groups in Moldova, together with pro-Russian political forces supported by Russia, organized protests with the aim of destabilizing the country.

According to her, Moldovans have been fighting for democracy for years. At the same time, Moldova continues to be a fragile democracy, she added, noting that its goal is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes, as was promised to the people.

Memo. Sandu was in Washington last week, where she met with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other high-ranking officials. She also received the Madeleine Albright Award for her tireless efforts to promote democracy.

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