Moldova’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Russian Pressure
Moldova’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita resigned on Friday, February 10th, amid intense Russian economic and political pressure and reports that a Russian missile had entered Moldova’s airspace. Gavrilita, a staunch backer of Kyiv’s fight against Russia, announced her resignation at a press conference, saying that her government had not been given enough support from their European partners.
Gavrilita's government, elected in the summer of 2021, was viewed as pro-Western and an ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky told EU leaders during a European summit in Brussels on Thursday that Ukraine had intercepted Russian plans to “destroy” Moldova. The Moldovan Intelligence and Security Service issued a statement later that day declaring that they had been informed of Russian strategies to destabilize the nation.
Moldova’s Foreign Ministry has since summoned the Russian ambassador in capital Chisinau for talks over the “unacceptable violation”. Gavrilita has been replaced by Dorin Recean, a noted pro-EU figure and current national security adviser, who requires the approval of Moldova’s parliament for confirmation. Recean, 48, is a former interior minister and senior aide.
The government’s resignation comes after Moldova was granted candidate status to the European Union last June, but has faced intense pressure from Moscow, which has sought to undermine its authority.
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