The United States will provide Moldova with intelligence about Russia's attempts to destabilize the situation in the country
National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said that the administration of US President Joe Biden will provide Moldova with $300 million in energy assistance and share intelligence with the authorities about Russia's attempts to destabilize the country. Writes about it Voice of America.
Kirby stressed that while the US does not see an immediate military threat to Moldova, the administration believes that Russia is seeking to weaken the country, provoke an uprising there, and install a pro-Russian government.
US intelligence suggests that individuals linked to Russian intelligence agencies are planning to organize protests in Moldova to try to provoke an uprising against the Moldovan government with the ultimate goal of establishing a pro-Russian government there.
The United States believes that Russia is trying to weaken the Moldovan government, which seeks to establish closer ties with the European Union. The US also sees signs that Russian agents may be hiring anti-government demonstrators in Moldova. Lately, there have been anti-government protests in Chisinau, mostly organized by the pro-Russian Shor party.
In addition, the United States believes that Moscow is spreading disinformation about the situation in Moldova. One example was the announcement by the Russian Defense Ministry last month that Ukraine was allegedly planning to invade Transnistria, the Moscow-backed breakaway region of Moldova.
The White House called the allegations "unfounded, false, and cause unfounded alarm."
Moldovan President Maia Sandu believes that the Russian government was planning, in her words, "a series of actions involving saboteurs who have received military training and disguised as civilians to commit acts of violence, attacks on government buildings and take hostages."
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Officials said the US is closely monitoring Russia's actions in Moldova for fear of continued Kremlin efforts to destabilize Europe. US President Joe Biden met with Sandu in February in Warsaw, where they discussed Russia's malign influence on Moldova.
In October 2022, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 9 individuals and 12 legal entities that, according to Washington, were involved in the destabilization of Moldova.
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