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Moldova expels Russia's Sputnik news agency head

Outlet accused of spreading "propaganda and disinformation"

13 September, 18:34

(ANSA-AFP) - CHISINAU, SEP 13 - Moldova on Wednesday expelled the country chief of Russia's Sputnik news agency, accusing the outlet of spreading "propaganda and disinformation," as tensions between the two nations run high. A 56-year-old Russian citizen "was removed under escort" from Moldova after being "declared an undesirable person... for a period of ten years," Moldova's interior ministry said in a statement. "The measure to remove the foreigner was ordered in connection with his involvement in the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova, a fact that endangers the informational security of our country," it added.
    Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year, tensions between the two countries have increased. The current pro-EU government of the former Soviet republic has firmly condemned the invasion and alleged a Russian plot to try and overthrow it. (ANSA-AFP).

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