Disinfo: Moldova tries to drag Russia into confrontation with the collective West


The decision to replace the Moldovan government was taken suddenly - immediately after Zelenskyy's statement. The name of the new prime minister in Chisinau is not so important. The main thing is that Zelenskyy and Sandu have recently been trying to escalate the situation around Transnistria. They are trying to provoke Tiraspol [main city in Transnistria] itself into an escalation. Sandu's statements about the possibility of joining the North Atlantic Alliance serve the same purpose. They are always trying to force [Russia] to intervene in the events in Moldova and drag it into direct confrontation with the collective West. That is, a trap.

The government of Moldova was replaced by order of the US State Department and Zelenskyy.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Moldova is a sovereign country and a parliamentary republic.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu accepted the government's resignation on Friday 10 February 2023 and said she would hold consultations with parliamentary factions on nominating a new prime minister.

The new government's challenges will include dealing with what Moldova see as attempts by Russia to destabilise the small, former Soviet republic of 2.5 million people, which was annexed into the USSR in 1940 and which became independent in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Pro-Kremlin media still consider Moldova a Russian zone of influence. The current pro-European authorities of Moldova are routinely accused of making people’s lives worse because of their refusal to ask Russia for a better price for gas, but also for supporting Ukraine in front of Russian aggression.

According to the Constitution, the Republic of Moldova is a neutral country and this status can only be changed through a referendum. However, such a referendum is not planned or even being discussed.

The country's president, Maia Sandu, declared (min. counter 34-38) in July 2022 that Moldova remains a neutral country, but will strengthen its defence: "The Republic of Moldova is and will remain a peaceful country. (…) Even if our defence system is in a very bad situation, if it wasn't for this Russian aggression against Ukraine, we probably wouldn't have discussed much about the need to equip the army. (…) We don't want anyone to involve us in the war, but it is a reality for which we must prepare".

Transnistria is de-facto controlled by Russia since 1992, the ECHR ruled. Russia has violated human rights and the right to freedom and security in Transnistria, which it has de facto controlled.

However, it is not Moldova with its 2,5 million population which tries to "provoke Russia" (the latter with a population of 142 million as of 2022).

In her interview, published on 22 January 2022, President of Moldova, Maia Sandu said: "Of course, it is an important task for us to find a solution (on Transnistria). But this solution must be peaceful, diplomatic. It must be a solution that respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova. And reintegration must result in a functional state. These three elements are extremely important”.

See more disinformation narratives on the "collective West" and on Moldova and Maia Sandu.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2023
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, Transnistria, Volodymyr Zelensky
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Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about alleged huge Ukrainian losses leading to children being enrolled in the military. While completely eluding Russia's responsibility for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and all of its consequences, the article employs the classical technique of manufacturing a western voice supportive of the Kremlin.

There is no evidence for the claims made in the article.