Russian plan to control Moldova by 2030 – Europe
Moscow has developed a strategy to destabilize Moldova, bringing it under its political control and isolating it from Western partners by 2030, according to an internal strategy document from Putin’s presidential administration obtained by a consortium of media outlets, including Suddeutsche Zeitung and Yahoo News. The text, drawn up in 2021, comes from the same Presidential Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation that produced a similar strategy on Belarus. The ultimate goal by 2030 is to “create stable pro-Russian influence groups in Moldova’s political and economic elites”.
The strategy for Moldova, according to the source who leaked it, was drawn up in the fall of 2021 with input from the Russian General Staff and the main intelligence services in Moscow: Fsb, Svr and Gru. The plan – like the one formulated in Belarus – is divided into three different areas: the political, military and defense sectors. The humanitarian sector and the trade and economic sectors. These sectors see specific short-term (by 2022), medium-term (by 2025) and long-term (by 2030) goals.
The Moldovan initiative – the media writes – is focused on “thwarting attempts by external actors (primarily the United States, the European Union, Turkey and Ukraine) to interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova, to strengthen Born’s influence and weaken positions
From the Russian Federation.” It foresees Moldova joining the Eurasian Economic Union — Russia’s answer to the EU — and the Collective Security Treaty Organization military alliance. The plan then foresees “nullifying” any action by the Moldovan government to expel Russia’s military presence in Transnistria.
Moscow, according to the document, also wants to “neutralize attempts to limit Russian and pro-Russian media activities in Moldova,” “create a network of non-governmental organizations to promote the development of Russian-Moldovan relations,” and expand opportunities for Moldovan students to receive Russian language education.
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