US intelligence has received information indicating that the Russian special services are preparing new protest actions in Moldova with the aim of destabilizing the situation and overthrowing the government in the country. This was stated by the coordinator of the National Security Council of the White House, John Kirby.
“As Moldova continues to integrate into Europe, in our estimation, Russia is trying to weaken its government with the likely ultimate goal of seeing a more Russia-friendly administration in the state’s capital,” he said. On the Russian side, there are “attempts to stage and use protests in Moldova” in order to “fabricate an uprising” against the government. In addition, according to American intelligence, a group of Russians is preparing new demonstrations in the country.
“Over the past years, we have seen how Russia tried to destabilize other European countries, but failed,” he noted, recalling the events in Montenegro in 2016.
The Russians seek to create informational confusion regarding the situation in the region.
“For example, we saw how representatives of the Russian authorities claimed that Ukraine was planning to attack the separatist region of Transnistria. Let me say clearly: these accusations are unfounded, they are false,” Kirby emphasized.
In this context, the representative of the Biden administration informed that the United States is taking a number of steps to prevent Russia from destabilizing Moldova. This, according to him, includes close cooperation of the US with the government of the Republic of Moldova, the introduction of sanctions against all those involved in destabilization efforts, including oligarchs and corrupt politicians. In addition, the United States will provide Moldova with $265 million in emergency support in connection with the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine.