Moldova has resisted Russia’s attempts to turn it into a puppet country and it is much stronger today than when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began a year ago, the Moldovan president said in Bucharest, Maia Sandú.
“Some wanted our country to fall, that a puppet government could be established in Chisinau, subservient to the interests of the Kremlin,” the president said after meeting with her Romanian counterpart. klaus iohannisaccording to the agency Agrepres.
The head of state added that at the beginning of the war Moldova was Ukraine’s most vulnerable neighbor, but now “the country is stronger” and has new sources of energy, with which challenges “energy blackmail by the Kremlin.”
The President of Moldova thanked Romania for its support, such as the gas supply through the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline, with which the country was able to stop depending “only on Gazprom”, the Russian gas company.
Iohannis, for his part, agreed with his counterpart in assuring that “foreign threats that endanger Moldova are especially worrying.”
The Romanian president assured that Moldova can count on the support of his country and reiterated that the European Union (EU) should sanction those who want to destabilize it.
In fact this week the Foreign Minister of Moldova, Niku Popescuasked Brussels to impose sanctions on Moldovan oligarchs accused of supporting Russia in the destabilization of their country.
Moldova, a former Soviet republic, is negotiating its entry into the EU, but, as Sandu has recently assured, it is not even considering applying for NATO membership at the moment.
For its part, the Moldovan government denied that Ukraine is preparing an armed provocation in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, following the Russian Defense Ministry’s warning that Kiev is organizing a false flag attack.
“State authorities do not confirm the information released today by the Russian Ministry of Defense”, announced the Executive on his Telegram channel.
Chisinau called on the population to calm down and to seek information “in official and verified sources of the Republic of Moldova.”
“Our institutions cooperate with their foreign partners and, in case there is a threat to the country, the society will be informed immediately”, added the Moldovan government.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denounced that kyiv is preparing an armed provocation in Transnistria, where a contingent of Russian peacekeepers resides, and pointed out that it is preparing to react to any situation.
The Russian command pointed out that Ukraine “will use as an excuse for the invasion the staging of an alleged offensive by Russian forces from Transnistria” with Ukrainian military dressed in Russian uniforms. According to the military entity, kyiv will involve members of the ultranationalist Azov battalion in this provocation.
Moldova came out of the Kremlin junction after Putin increased tension in Europe by revoking the decree that respected Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The decree, which included a Moldovan component, outlined Russia’s foreign policy of 11 years ago, which assumed Moscow’s closer relations with the European Union (EU) and the United States.
The order revoking the 2012 document was posted on the Kremlin website and claims the decision was made to “guarantee the national interests of Russia in relation to the profound changes that are taking place in international relations”.
Russian peacekeeping forces have been in Transnistria since 1992, following the ceasefire agreement reached between the self-proclaimed republic and Moldova.
After the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, the situation in Transnistria has been tensely calm, despite several isolated cases of sabotage against institutions of the separatist authorities.
(With information from EFE)
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