Russia Denies Plan to Destroy Moldova Amid Putin Coup Fears

Moscow has dismissed claims it was planing to overthrow the federal government of Moldova and blamed stories of a coup plot on america and Ukraine.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu mentioned that Russia was searching for to violently oust her nation’s pro-European management with the assistance of individuals posing as anti-government protesters. U.S. Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby described the accusations as “deeply regarding.”

There have been fears about what Vladimir Putin may do in Moldova since his invasion of neighboring Ukraine started on February 24, 2022, given the presence of Russian troops in Moldova’s breakaway area of Transnistria.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu is pictured in Paris on November 21, 2022. The Russian overseas ministry has rejected her accusations that Moscow was planning a violent overthrow of Moldova’s authorities.
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Sandu informed journalists on Monday that “saboteurs” wearing civilian garments would assault state establishments, take hostages and “overthrow the constitutional order and exchange the official energy of Chisinau with an illegitimate one.”

Moscow was planning to make use of residents of Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro to implement its plans, Sandu mentioned, though she insisted that the “Kremlin’s makes an attempt to carry violence to our nation will fail.”

She made the accusations after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky informed European leaders final week that Kyiv had intercepted a Russian intelligence plan “for the destruction of Moldova.”

However Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned the claims had been “utterly unfounded and unsubstantiated” and primarily based on the “classical strategies usually utilized by america, different Western international locations and Ukraine.”

Zakharova’s assertion mentioned Kyiv has launched “disinformation” in regards to the coup plot to carry Chisinau “into a tricky confrontation with Russia.” She added that Sandu’s accusations had been a ploy to divert consideration away from her nation’s inner issues and “to strengthen the combat in opposition to dissent and political opponents.”

“Russia doesn’t pose a menace to the safety of the Republic of Moldova,” her assertion added.

Newsweek has contacted the Moldovan overseas ministry for remark.

Already going through excessive inflation in addition to an power disaster after Russia lowered provides, Moldova is in political turmoil after its prime minister, Natalia Gavrilita, resigned on Friday.

This got here quickly after affirmation {that a} Russian missile had entered the nation’s airspace. Her resignation prompted the collapse of Moldova’s authorities, which is pro-Western and allied with its neighbor Ukraine.

In 2022 Moldova acquired EU candidate standing however has confronted anti-government protests organized by the oligarch Ilan Shor, who reportedly has shut hyperlinks to Moscow.

Putin is accused of weaponizing power in opposition to the pro-EU authorities in Chisinau and Moldovans have endured blackouts all through the winter with family power tariffs hovering.