Ambassador: Efforts to destabilize Moldova are financed by Russian services

Ambassador: Efforts to destabilize Moldova are financed by Russian services

>> Czech Ambassador to Moldova Stanislav Kázecký poses for a photographer during an interview with the editor of the Czech Press Office, March 17, 2023, Prague.

Prague – According to the Czech ambassador in Chisinau, Stanislav Kázecký, some efforts to destabilize society in Moldova are financed by various Russian services. In the Moldovan capital, supporters of the pro-Russian opposition party Šor recently protested against the pro-Western government. According to the ambassador, paid people often participate in protests. However, the political situation in the country is under the control of pro-European forces, as members of the ruling party have a significant majority in Parliament, Kázecký said in an interview with ČTK.

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“Of course, the opposition parties are trying to destabilize the situation in the form of various attempts, in the form of a hybrid war. It is mainly the Shor party of the fugitive tycoon Ilan Shor, who lives in Israel. He organizes demonstrations in which people who are paid participate. I would say that they are demonstrations in quotation marks, they are not demonstrations that are spontaneous,” the ambassador said.

He believes that President Maia Sandu's party has the situation under control. The situation also depends on the development of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. “If the Ukrainians are effective in how they defend their country, then I think there is not a very big chance that there will be any major steps on the part of Russia and a coup,” noted Kázecký.

According to him, the situation in Moldova is relatively stable, however, in the last year it was necessary to re-learn to define what security means. The kind of security that the Czech Republic is used to does not exist in Moldova. Sometimes a rocket or the remains of rockets landed on its territory, so far without any casualties. “There are threats of various bomb attacks relatively periodically. It should be noted that the threats are very professional and very difficult to detect,” said Kázecký.

According to him, the fear in Moldovan society is noticeable. “There are a lot of people who have very close relatives on the territory of Ukraine, and this is reflected in society,” he says. In the first days of the war, explosions at the airport in Odesa, Ukraine, were also heard in Chisinau. The cities are roughly 200 kilometers apart.

According to the ambassador, Moldova is a country that has long-term connections with the Russian-speaking environment. “There is quite a large part of the population that uses Russian as their first language. There are minorities that speak their own language, for example the Gagauz, which is a Turkic population that has its own language,” he said.

War however, according to him, it paradoxically helped the European direction of the country. Last June, Moldova received the status of a candidate for joining the European Union, but it has to fulfill a number of reforms. According to the ambassador, the Moldovans are trying to make progress in reforms to fight corruption and in the issue of justice. It cannot be expected that they would become a member of the bloc in the near future, but they are working efficiently, Kázecký believes. According to him, the shifts could be faster, but they exist.