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Moldova's President Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury In Car Crash


Moldovan President Igor Dodon gives an interview to RFE/RL on August 22.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon gives an interview to RFE/RL on August 22.

CHISINAU -- Moldovan President Igor Dodon has sustained minor injuries after the car he was traveling in was involved in a crash, officials say.

The head of the state security service, Anatolie Golea, said Dodon sustained only scratches and bruises in the crash, which took place on September 9 north of the capital, Chisinau.

He did not provide further details.

Presidential adviser Maksim Lebedinschi said that a collision occurred near the town of Straseni as cars in the presidential motorcade crashed into an oncoming vehicle as they were passing another vehicle.

Lebedinschi said the other car hadn't respected traffic rules.

Dodon "is well and doesn't need medical help," the presidential adviser also said.

Earlier, Russia's state-run TASS news agency quoted Dodon himself as saying that "everything is OK."

Dodon's mother and one of his sons, who were travelling with him, were said to be more seriously injured.

But Mihai Chekan, a doctor at a hospital in Chisinau where they were treated, told the AFP news agency that they were in satisfactory condition.

The security services released a video from the car travelling behind Dodon's, showing an oncoming truck moving to pass before colliding with the president’s Mercedes.

Pictures posted on social media after the accident showed the wreckage of a Mercedes by the side of the road.

Dodon, the Moscow-friendly leader of the Socialist Party, won the presidency in 2016 after a campaign that capitalized on a wave of nostalgia for what many in Moldova perceived as the more prosperous Soviet era.

Dodon has pushed for stronger economic relations with Russia, although he concedes that the bulk of Moldova's mainly agricultural exports goes toward the European Union -- mainly to Romania, with whom Moldova shares a common language and history.

With reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and TASS