(UPDATED) Moldova: Silence Before the Storm? Romania Slams Sanctions
Moldova has announced the official count of Sunday’s parliamentary election. The communist party got a landslide victory with over 49 % of the votes. This could bring another wave of rallies following two days of protest (2:55):
Romania has condemned as “arbitrary and discriminatory” new measures brought against Romanian nationals in Moldova, following Tuesday’s violent protests.
Moldova and Russia have accused Romania of fomenting the unrest and even attempting to inspire a coup.
Moldova reacted by imposing a visa regime on Romanians, expelling Romania’s ambassador and denied entry to Romanian and other journalists.
Romania said the visa scheme was “reckless” and broke a Moldova-EU pact.
Romanian Foreign Minister Christian Diaconescu added that the EU had not been informed of the move. >>>
The European Union has urged Moldova to resume normal relations with Romania, which the former Soviet republic has accused of stoking post-election violence.