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Russia has created a secret plan to destabilize Moldova – media

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Russia has created a 10-year plan to destabilize Moldova, media reports. A group of journalists has reached a secret document of the Russian security services, which describes in detail the planned activities, including support for pro-Russian groups and threats to stop gas supplies.

An international group of journalists from several media outlets, including VSquare, Frontstory, RISE Moldova, Expressen and the Dossier Center for Investigative Journalism, was the first to reach the internal document of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which was announced on March 15. The document was to describe a 10-year plan to destabilize the situation in Moldova and cutting it off from Western influence. The details of the Russian plan were then described by CNN on Thursday, whose journalists also had access to the document.

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Moldovan destabilization plan

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The five-page document obtained by journalists, entitled “Strategic goals of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova”, was most likely drawn up in 2021 by the FSB department for cross-border cooperation. The document is divided into short-term (until 2022), medium-term (until 2025) and long-term (until 2030) objectives, and Moldova’s dependence on imports of Russian gas and fueling social conflicts in the country.

A protest in Chisinau organized by the pro-Russian party SorPAP/EPA/DUMITRU DORU

Short-term goals include “supporting Moldovan political forces that advocate constructive relations with the Russian Federation”, “neutralizing Moldova’s efforts to eliminate the Russian military presence in Transnistria” and “creating a pro-Moscow network of NGOs”.

Among the medium-term goals are “opposition to expansionist policies Romania in the Republic of Moldova”, “opposition to the cooperation of the Republic of Moldova with FOR THIS” and expanding the “electoral base of pro-Russian political forces.” Long-term goals include “creating pro-Russian influence groups in the Moldovan political and economic elites” and “shaping a negative attitude towards NATO”, as well as “supporting the Orthodox Church in defending the interests of canonical Orthodoxy in the Republic of Moldova.”

The Frontstory portal estimates that the document is in fact a “hybrid war plan” and “Russia wants to make Moldova a satellite state by 2030.” “This particular roadmap envisages ‘counteracting attempts by external entities (mainly the United States, EU countries, Turkey and Ukraine) to interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova, strengthening NATO’s influence and weakening the position of the Russian Federation,'” states Frontstory.

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Russia denies

Reports on a 10-year plan aimed at Moldova have been denied by the authorities in Moscow. We don’t know anything about the existence of such a plan. I do not rule out that this is another fake news. Russia has always been and remains open to building good-neighbourly, mutually beneficial relations, also with Moldova, commented the Kremlin spokesman. Dmitry Peskov, quoted by CNN. “We are very sorry that the current leadership of Moldova experiences completely unfounded and unfounded prejudices against Moscow,” he added.

As CNN recalls, last month Vladimir Putin annulled a 2012 decree supporting Moldova’s sovereignty, arguing that it was to “secure Russia’s national interests in connection with the profound changes taking place in international relations.” In turn, the Moldovan authorities have recently arrested several pro-Russian activists, including an alleged member of the Wagner Group, who tried to cross the Moldovan border.

At the same time, several protests have taken place in Moldova in recent weeks, initiated by the pro-Russian party Sor. Demonstrators on the streets of Chisinau, the capital of the country, they protested against high energy prices, which drastically worsen their living situation and called on the Moldovan authorities to step down.

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CNN, Frontstory, tvn24.pl

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/DUMITRU DORU

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