The Moldovan parliament on Thursday adopted amendments to the criminal code in the second reading, which imposes penalties for incitement to actions damaging the territorial inviolability, the legislature's press service said.
The criminal code has been amended to combat the risks and threats posed by subversive information actions by foreign intelligence services against Moldova, the parliament's website said.
The initiative was approved by the votes of 60 deputies. The document provides punishment for establishing illegal information structures on the territory of Moldova. For incitement to actions prejudicial to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, national security or defense of Moldova, it was introduced criminal responsibility. The criminal code of Moldova will have new articles, in particular, "a plot against Moldova" (from 2 to 7 years of prison) and separatism.
Vitaly Ignatiev, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the unrecognized Transnistria, has repeatedly noted that the proposed draft law is a challenge and a threat to the negotiation process on the Transnistrian settlement.