Moscow is not pleased as Chisinau has chosen EU path
Moldova is asking the US and other Western countries to help it battle Russian propaganda that seeks to destabilise the country, discredit the current pro-European government and sway the upcoming presidential elections in Moscow's favour.
"We have steadfastly chosen the Euro-Atlantic community as our inspiration and destination, and the current government is dedicated to securing our EU path. Moscow is none too pleased, and that is why we need the help of Washington and other Western capitals to solidify our transition from several decades of communism into a free-market democracy," Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Philip wrote in an article for the Washington-based The Hill newspaper.
"Moldova is moving toward its first direct presidential election in 16 years, which will be held on Oct. 30. As in most previous elections, pro-European and pro-Russian parties will square off.
We need our friends to reject propaganda that seeks to destabilise Moldova, discredit the government and sway the elections in Moscow's favour," Philip went on to say.
Moldova's PM recalled that early this summer Russia conducted military exercises in Transnistria, a breakaway region under the Kremlin's control located just 30 miles from the capital city of Chisinau.
"Russia's soft power – using its propaganda machine to flood our media with anti-Western messages – is equally dangerous and a clear effort to tarnish our pro-EU government and throw the upcoming election to its political allies," he added.