A senior US official has spoken of his “deep concern” that Vladimir Putin is looking to invade another European country by destabilising the government.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Moscow are “plotting” to destabilise the Moldovan government and that Putin believes it is his “destiny” to bring back the Russian empire.
On Monday the Kremlin said that Russia’s relations with Moldova “are already very tense” and then accused Moldovan government of pursuing an anti-Russian agenda.
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This comes a week after Chisinau said that they had foiled a Russian coup attempt and Moldovan Security Services confirmed that there are Russian agitators in Transdniestria, which is a region that is dominated by pro-Moscow separatists.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “Our relations with Moldova are already very tense, the leadership always focuses on everything anti-Russian…they are slipping into anti-Russian hysteria.”
However Ukrainian intelligence uncovered that Moscow are wanting to de-stabilise the Moldovan government to then absorb it in a new Russian empire.
On Friday Secretary Blinken said after a meeting with the Moldovan President Maia Sandu, “We stand strongly with Moldova in support of its security, its independence, its territorial integrity, the very important reform efforts that the president and the government are making.
“At the same time,” he then added, “we have deep concern about some of the plotting that we’ve seen coming from Russia to try to destabilise the government.”
Moldova has warned that Putin is planning a coup d’etat by bringing in foreign saboteurs to “change power in Chisinau.”
Moldovan President warned that last week agents have been infiltrating her country from Russia, Montenegro, Belarus and Serbia in a “hybrid war.”
She said that this is designed to destabilise Moldova to attempt sparking an uprising which would “change the legitimate government to an illegal government controlled by the Russian Federation.”
Sandu told reporters, “The Kremlin’s attempts to bring violence to Moldova will not work. Our main goal is the security of citizens and the state.
“Our goal is peace and public order in the country.”
Sandu has also claimed that Moscow are “to overturn the constitutional order, to change the legitimate power from Chisinau to an illegitimate one that would put [Moldova] at Russia’s disposal to stop the European integration process.”
Moldova’s national intelligence agency warned in December that Vladimir Putin could be set to launch an offensive to create a land corridor through southern Ukraine to the pro-Russian backed breakaway region of Transnistria.
In the breakaway region of Transnistria Moscow established around 1,500 troops as “peacekeepers” in the area.