The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia’s relations with Moldova are very tense and accused Moldovan leaders of pursuing an anti-Russian agenda, a week after Chisinau said it foiled a Russian coup attempt.
Moldova’s parliament approved a new pro-Western government last week after the previous government resigned en masse after months of political and economic scandals.
Prime Minister Dorin Recean
The new government, led by Prime Minister Dorin Recean, has vowed to take a pro-European course and has also called for the demilitarization of the Transnistrian region – a Moscow-backed separatist region bordering Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia is acting “responsibly” regarding the peacekeepers it has stationed in the breakaway region and warned Moldova not to let the situation escalate further.
“Our relations with Moldova are already very tense,” Peskov told reporters. “The leadership always focuses on anything anti-Russian, they slide into anti-Russian hysteria.”
Moldova’s President Maia Sandu – as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy – said earlier this month that they had information showing that Russia was plotting a coup to “overthrow” Moldovan authorities and wreak havoc in the tiny former Soviet republic.
Russia has denied these claims, but Moscow has denied the possibility of Moldova – sandwiched between Ukraine and NATO member Romania – joining the European Union.
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