Be wary of Russian influence on elections, former U.S. senator says

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 24, 2017 09:46
Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli (Photo: PDP)

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli (Photo: PDP)

TIRANA, March 22 - Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli has called on Albania to be cautious and vigilant over Russia’s attempts to meddle with the country’s upcoming general elections.

In a television interview Wednesday, Torricelli said that there is solid information to back up claims that Russians can meddle with elections in democratic countries.

“It is clear that there are attempts from the Russians to intervene in the elections. There is evidence for Russian intervention in the United States, in France and other Western Europe countries,” said the former Democratic Party senator from New Jersey.

He added, “I urge people in Albania to be cautious. I urge the media to check their sources. Many falsities will be promoted. Electoral bodies must be careful with their contacts. It is certain that there is a Russian agenda to influence the elections,” he added.

The U.S. politician urged political forces to set aside their disagreements and ambitions and think about what’s better for the citizens and the country.

“Political parties come and go, but the country remains. Its future must be a priority,” he said during the interview with a local television station.

The former U.S. senator was visiting Tirana to express support for the cause of the exiled Iranian opposition resettled in Albania at the request of the United States and the United Nations. He attended the celebrations of the Persian new year (Nowruz), along with former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 24, 2017 09:46