Moldova has ordered 45 Russian diplomats and embassy staff to leave the country “over numerous unfriendly actions,” officials said Wednesday, as tensions between the two countries are running high.

Moldova’s pro-EU government has firmly condemned Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine and alleged a Russian plot to overthrow the current government.

An investigation by Moldovan media outlets Jurnal TV and The Insider published this week alleged that there are 28 antennas on Russia’s embassy in Chisinau and an adjacent building that could be used for spying.

“Forty-five diplomats and technical staff will have to leave before August 15th,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Igor Zaharov told AFP.

Following the decision, “there will be fewer individuals who are trying to destabilise the situation in our country,” Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

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Russia’s diplomatic corps will consist of 10 diplomatic positions and 15 administrative, technical and service positions “based on the principle of parity”, the foreign ministry said.

“This decision comes as a result of numerous unfriendly actions towards the Republic of Moldova... as well as attempts to destabilise the internal situation in our country,” it said, adding that Russia’s ambassador to Chisinau was summoned on Wednesday.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Moldova so far had expelled two Russian diplomats, according to Zaharov.

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The country of 2.6 million people lies between Ukraine and EU member Romania.

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David
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Moldova’s second language options for education institutions should be either Ukrainian or English

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David
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Should have been done years ago.
Aggressive countermeasures against hybrid Russian warfare , especially information manipulation is essential to complete the job, and keep Moldova’s democracy real, genuine and everlastingly healthy.

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This is another significant move on the part of Moldova. For decades, they have made concessions to Russia out of fear of violence from Transnistria and low-cost Russian gas.

Each step like this shows them standing up to Russian influence. I have not seen much information about shifts in primary and secondary language learning in Moldova. It would be interesting to see if Romainian has become of more dominant primary language and if the secondary language for international business has shifted from Russian to an EU/NATO-centric language like English. It would be interesting to find statistics on this, particularly within Higher Education.

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