Russia is targeting Republic of Moldova in a hybrid war, hidden behind disinformation, aggressive propaganda, unfavorable economic measures, supporting pro-Russian officials from the country.
US congressman Will Hurd spoke of pressures from Russia, within a debate organized by German Marshall Fund in Washington.
The discussions have underlined Vladimir Putin's intention to re-establish the Soviet Union's territorial integrity, while EU, NATO and United States of America are standing in his way.
"We must support countries under fire, before it spreads to other states. Republic of Moldova is a good example. The fact that Russia managed to infiltrate certain provinces, to support candidates who fight for separatism in Moldova... In a few months elections will be held. We will most likely see the same type of pressures United States was under" US congressman Will Hurd said.
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In this context, the congressman appreciated Republic of Moldova's efforts to be closer to the West and expressed his regrets that international agreements regarding Transnistrea were not respected.
Russia uses a variety of method to interfere in democratic processes of other states.
A report for this was made by United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. US senator, Ben Cardin, one of the report's author, declared that Russia's influence was registered in 19 countries.
"Today, Russia's Government is responsible for continuous attacks against democratic institutions, upon universal values and legal areas, both in Russia and abroad. President Vladimir Putin is using various methods, such as cyber attacks, disinformation, supporting political groups from France, using energy resource as weapons, organized crime, corruption and military aggression" Democrat Senator, Ben Cardin said.
The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations's report has underlined the need to unite against Russia's actions to undermine democracy and democratic institutions from targeted countries.