Only now? Moldova terminates partnership agreement with Russia's FSB
Moldova has officially terminated the cooperation of its Information and Security Service (SIS) with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation. Legally, the agreement was denounced on 31 July 2023.
However, the "cooperative relations" between the agencies were allegedly terminated as early as 24 February 2022, after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service on the SIS official website.
After 24 February 2022, the agreements between the two countries' agencies "had no practical applicability and were essentially non-functional".
"The inconsistency of the provisions of these agreements with the national interests and security of the Republic of Moldova justifies the denunciation process initiated by the Information and Security Service," Chisinau said.
It acknowledged that some provisions of the agreements signed in 1994 "were legal reservations invoked by the Russian Federation to justify the presence of representatives of Russian special services in the area of the left bank of the Dniester River of the Republic of Moldova".
The Information and Security Service of Moldova stated that it does not maintain external partnerships with similar structures of other states, "which clearly disregard the law and act to the detriment of national security, carry out subversive activities against the Republic of Moldova".
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- Moldova, a neighbouring country of Ukraine, is planning to extend the state of emergency that was introduced on 24 February 2022 for another 60 days.
- The country's President Maia Sandu has previously said that Russia was planning to stage a coup d'état in Moldova to overthrow the government, which had chosen a pro-European course. The aggressor's plans have failed, but this does not mean that Moscow will not make new attempts to undermine the situation.