Moldova will open only one polling station for the Russian presidential election. It will be located on the Russian Embassy territory in Chisinau. Foreign Minister Mihai Popşoi announced this on the program Punctul pe azi on TVR Moldova.
“We banned election polls anywhere outside the diplomatic mission. Attempts to organize the election process elsewhere will be counterproductive,” Popşoi said.
At the same time, the foreign minister did not specify what measures would be taken if polling stations were opened in the Transnistrian region beyond the constitutional authorities control.
In November 2023, Moscow requested Chisinau to open polling stations for voting in the Russian presidential election. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that it was studying the issue and would respond within a reasonable timeframe.
In 2018, 27 polling stations opened in Moldova to vote in the Russian presidential election. At the same time, only three of them were on the territory controlled by Chisinau. The other 24 opened in the Transnistrian region without the constitutional authorities’ approval. The Promo-LEX Association called this a “serious international law violation”.
Russian presidential elections will take place in the spring over three days, from 15 to 17 March. Current Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin announced that he would run for another term.