Russia wants to use Moldova against Ukraine, President Sandu warns
President of Moldova Maia Sandu (Photo:REUTERS / Vladislav Culiomza)
Moscow wants to install a pro-Russian government in Moldova, weaponizing the country against Ukraine – akin to how it uses Belarus, Moldovan President Maia Sandu said on March 30, as reported by Moldovan news outlet NewsMaker.
“It is clear that Russia is trying to install a pro-Russian government in Chisinau in order to use Moldova against Ukraine, as is happening in the case of Belarus,” said Sandu.
Sandu recalled the recent statement by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin about Russia’s intentions to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus.
"You have seen the Kremlin's recent statements that they will deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus,” she said.
“This is exactly what Russia wants to do in the case of Moldova. Today, however, there is an independent authority in Moldova, so it cannot be used in the way that a pro-Russian government would be used."
On March 25, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced plans to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus. He claimed that he was "forced to react" to UK promises to provide Ukraine with depleted uranium rounds for Challenger-2 tanks.
UK Defense Ministry subsequently said that Putin deliberately spreads misinformation and noted that depleted uranium ammunition has nothing to do with nuclear weapons.
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