The US controls everything in Moldova

Summary

In Moldova, the US controls everything. In fact, the US presence in all domestic political processes of Moldova, participation in government affairs, banking, the activity of NGOs and the media should not surprise anyone.

Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that post-soviet countries are not independent, but US puppets. Read a similar case here.

Moldova is an independent and sovereign state, as it is set out in the constitution. Moldova has diplomatic relations with the USA since 1991 when the United States recognised Moldova's independence from the USSR. Since then, both states developed many programmes in different areas, aiming to help Moldova strengthen its democratic institutions, increase prosperity, secure its internationally recognized borders.

"The United States of America has been and remains a strategic partner of Moldova in its efforts to become a free and democratic country,” said PM Maia Sandu on 13 July, after meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State, David Hale.

More cases on Moldova can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Moldavian, Russian
  • Country: United States, Moldova
  • Keywords: Neutrality, US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: Vedomosti.md, Kp.md
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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives claiming that there was a coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014 and that that Crimean citizens chose to re-join Russia through a legal referendum. 

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and its people.

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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the EU and the West, in general, have abandoned Ukraine.

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