Romanian lawmaker Șoșoacă yells "Glory to Moscow" in parliamentary session
Romanian lawmaker Șoșoacă yells "Glory to Moscow" in parliamentary session (Photo:Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca / Facebook)
Romanian senator Diana Șoșoacă, who had proposed annexing a portion of Ukraine in March, yelled "Glory to Moscow" during a parliament session, Romanian outlet ziare.com wrote on April 19.
According to the outlet, the statement came after the senator experienced technical troubles and jibes from fellow lawmakers during a parliamentary meeting. Șoșoacă, who had approached a microphone to speak to her colleagues, could not locate the agenda or documents on her laptop that was set to be discussed, prompting one senator to comment that her VPN must be broken, seeing as it must have been set "on the Moscow regime and therefore not working,” — likely poking fun of the senator’s known connections to the regime of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
This prompted Șoșoacă to call back that she was logging into the parliamentary wi-fi network. A VPN set to Russia on her laptop, therefore, would mean that "this chamber is directly connected with Putin, and has Moscow’s VPN,” the senator exclaimed.
“So, the Senate has betrayed us. It's Putin's Senate, this is Putin's laptop, with Putin's VPN, with Putin's Wi-Fi. Glory to Moscow,” she fumed.
In March 2023, Șoșoacă submitted a bill that proposed the annexation of part of Ukrainian territory, namely northern Bukovyna, Hertsa, Budjak (Kagul, Bolgrad, Izmail), historical Maramureș and Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.
In response, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called for the government to impose sanctions against the Romanian senator as a national security threat.
Șoșoacă has been voluminous criticism from both Romanian and foreign officials for her ties to the Kremlin. Following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she, together with another three parliamentarians, met with the Russian ambassador in Bucharest in order to discuss the "Romanian position of neutrality."
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