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Russia says US preparing ‘revolution scenario’ in Moldova

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

Russia says the United States is preparing a “revolution” in Moldova ahead of the November election in the former Soviet state.

Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said in a statement on Tuesday that there was clear evidence the US administration was after a “revolution scenario” in the former Soviet state.

“Now we are seeing clearly that the Americans are preparing a ‘revolution’ scenario in Moldova,” where pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon is seeking re-election in the November poll, the statement said.

Naryshkin said the US believed that Dodon was on course to winning the polls and Washington was, therefore, inciting the opposition parties to take to the streets to protest and demand a re-run.

Dodon won the presidential election in 2016, beating a pro-Europe rival, and will be seeking a new four-year mandate in the polls on November 1.

Naryshkin on Tuesday also accused Washington of similar interference in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, saying the US was to blame for “crude” attempts to influence the post-election situation in recent weeks in the post-Soviet states “friendly to Moscow.”

Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko won the country’s presidential election in August, but the opposition headed by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya rejected the official results of the election and claimed there had been voter fraud. Belarus has been experiencing unrest ever since.

Tikhanovskaya, who later fled to Lithuania in the aftermath of the election, has been rallying Western support for herself. Several Western states have thrown their weight behind the opposition protests, threatening Lukashenko with sanctions.

In Kyrgyzstan, pro-Moscow President Sooronbay Jeenbekov stepped down last week following street protests that erupted in the wake of disputed parliamentary polls on October 4.

Jeenbekov is now the third president in Kyrgyzstan to have been effectively toppled amid unrest since 2005.

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