Ukraine calls for sanctions on Romanian senator who says part of Ukraine should be annexed

24 March, 03:30 PM
Diana Șoșoacă (Photo:Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca/Facebook)

Diana Șoșoacă (Photo:Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca/Facebook)

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has called sanctions against Romanian senator Diana Șoșoacă who said Romania should annex part of Ukraine’s territory, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said in a post on Facebook on March 24.

According to Nikolenko, the pro-Russian politician poses a threat to national security.

“(This is) a classic example of the Russian revanchist methodology,” Nikolenko said.

“We strongly condemn the attempt to call into question the territorial integrity of Ukraine, to undermine the spirit of good neighborliness between Ukraine and Romania.”

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Earlier Șoșoacă submitted a bill that proposes to denounce the agreement on good neighborliness and cooperation between Bucharest and Kyiv.

In particular, the senator said Romania should annex “the territories that historically belonged to Romania, namely: Northern Bukovyna, Hertsa, Budjak (Kagul, Bolgrad, Izmail), historical Maramureș and Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.”

The senator explains this with the desire to “restore the cultural identity, traditions, customs and religion of the population of Romania” and “avoid forced ethnic assimilation of Romanians in Ukraine.”

Diana Șoșoacă is a lawyer, the founder of the S.O.S. party and an incumbent senator in the parliament of Romania. She has been repeatedly criticized for her ties to Russia.

In particular, after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, she and three other parliamentarians met with the Russian ambassador in Bucharest to discuss “Romania’s position of neutrality” regarding the invasion.

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