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White House says Russia working to overthrow Moldovan government

Russia is clandestinely working to topple the Moldovan government by fomenting protests that it hopes will lead to a coup, the US charged Friday.

US intelligence indicates the Kremlin is "pursuing options to weaken the Moldovan government probably with the eventual goal of seeing a more Russian friendly administration in the capital," National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

"Russian actors, some with current ties to Russian intelligence, are seeking to stage and use protests in Moldova as a basis to foment a manufactured insurrection against the Moldovan government. Additionally, we expect another set of Russian actors to provide training and help manufactured demonstrations in Moldova," he added.

The intelligence has been shared with officials in Chisinau "so that they can further investigate court and disrupt Russian plans," said the White House.

The Moldovan government is staunchly opposed to Russia, in part because of tensions concerning a breakaway province controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Transnistria is internationally recognized as part of Moldova but domestically has been under the control of secessionists since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.


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