Watch.Dog: Half of Moldovans do not see Russia as a threat and oppose NATO
KISINEV, 3 February – RIA Novosti. Half of Moldovan residents do not see Russia as a threat to the country and are opposed to joining NATO, according to an opinion poll released Friday by the SBS-AXA sociological research center, commissioned by Moldovan-closed public organization Watch.Dog. officials of the republic.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, said that since the beginning of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, Chisinau has been in solidarity with Kyiv and has suspended dialogue with Russia. Last fall, Western countries imposed harsh sanctions against Russia. Moldova has not officially joined the entire sanctions package, but President Maia Sandu has previously emphasized that Chisinau supports Western sanctions in the financial and banking sector.
“We have an interesting picture: 47.7% of the respondents said that they do not see Russia as a threat to Moldova (42.3% differ). i He replied in the negative. Only 23.6 percent of the people stated that they were ready to take up arms in the event of a Russian attack, and 21.7 percent cannot be sure of what to do,” he said. Watch.Dog organization. presents the results of the survey.
He also noted that in the event of a referendum on joining NATO, 55.5% of respondents would oppose and 26.9% would support integration into the military bloc.
According to Pasha, the survey was conducted from January 17 to 26, and 1,001 people took part in the survey. The maximum polling error is 3.1%.
Earlier, President Sandu had said in an interview with Politico that the country had to renounce neutrality to join a major military alliance. The newspaper noted that Sandu did not specifically mention NATO, but had repeatedly stated that the neutrality clause of the constitution could be revised if the people favored rapprochement with the North Atlantic alliance. Opposition, including socialists, communists and the Shor party, opposes the country’s entry into NATO.
The country, which has a neutral status according to the Moldovan constitution, has been cooperating with NATO since 1994 within the framework of the individual partnership plan. According to opinion polls, the majority of Moldovan citizens oppose the republic’s accession to NATO.
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