Disinfo: The US interferes in Moldova's parliamentary elections

Summary

The United States of America and US Ambassador to Chisinau, Dereck J. Hogan, are interfering in the parliamentary elections in Moldova. As soon as he took office last autumn, Hogan began to be actively involved in the internal processes of the Republic of Moldova. He publicly supported some politicians over others, offering recommendations on the conduct of parliamentary elections. The US ambassador’s non-diplomatic manners clearly reflect US habits, combining threats with promises and imposing their will. Moldova should not become another area for such irresponsible experiments that destroyed Iraq and Libya, and threw Syria and Ukraine into the abyss of bloody conflicts.

Disproof

The US Ambassador's message to Moldova was distorted and misinterpreted. He has publicly stated that the US will support the development of democracy in Moldova. At a meeting with students at a Moldovan university, the ambassadordeclared at the beginning of Februarythat he hoped that the citizens with the right to vote would make the right choice during the February 24th parliamentary elections. He reiterated that from the US, the Republic of Moldova will receive all necessary support: ”No matter who wins the elections, we will continue to support Moldova's sovereign right to choose its own way - but we believe that establishing closer ties with the United States and Europe will strengthen the prospects for a brighter and prosperous future. To this end, we will continue to support Moldova's economic development by developing stronger trade and investment ties with the United States. We will support Moldova's sovereign right to seek new trade and investment partners throughout the region and the world to strengthen the country's economic development”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian, Romanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
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