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Putin looking to invade another European country causes ‘deep concern’

A year after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian leader has reportedly set his sights on the neighbouring state of Moldova, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had already revealed that his secret service had uncovered Russian moves to destabilise the Moldovan government as a precursor to absorbing the former Soviet republic into a greater Russian empire.

The Moldovan security services had confirmed the presence of Russian agitators in Transdniestria, a region dominated by pro-Moscow separatists.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the Moldovan reports, saying: "Our relations with Moldova are already very tense, the leadership always focuses on everything anti-Russian…they are slipping into anti-Russian hysteria.”

After a meeting with Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Friday (February 17), Secretary Blinken said: “We stand strongly with Moldova in support of its security, its independence, its territorial integrity, the very important reform efforts that the president and the government are making.

“At the same time,” he added, “we have deep concern about some of the plotting that we’ve seen coming from Russia to try to destabilise the government”.

Moldova, which lies on Ukraine’s south-western border, is currently on a path to join the EU – something Putin will be anxious to prevent.

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Ms Sandu said last week that agents from Russia, Montenegro, Belarus and Serbia had been infiltrating Moldova as part of “hybrid warfare” designed to destabilise her country’s society.

She said the agitators had been attempting to spark an uprising that would "change the legitimate government to an illegal government controlled by the Russian Federation."

But Ms Sandu told reporters: "The Kremlin's attempts to bring violence to Moldova will not work. Our main goal is the security of citizens and the state. Our goal is peace and public order in the country”.

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White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said that reports of the terror plot had not yet been independently confirmed but were "deeply concerning" and "certainly not outside the bounds of Russian behaviour."

Moldova has been under massive pressure since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 last year.

More than 230,000 refugees have crossed the border to escape the fighting, with at least 120,000 of them remaining in the country, officials said.

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