Montenegrin Boxer Team Banned from Entering Moldova Amid Security Concerns
On February 14, a boxing team from Budva, Montenegro, was on its way to Moldova for a boxing tournament. After landing at Chisinau Airport, five of its members were not allowed to enter the country. Despite the team arguing that the boxers had received an official invitation to take part in a competition in Chisinau, they were forced to return to Montenegro on the next day without being provided with a further explanation from the Moldovan authorities, after
spending the night in the transit zone with their documents confiscated.
The rejection to enter Moldova was received the same day by certain Serbian football fans who were claiming to be visiting Moldova to see an international football match. However, as it was revealed later, these two events were related to the ongoing security concerns in Moldova.
Sources close to the current pro-Western administration in Moldova confirmed that these groups from Montenegro and Serbia posed a serious threat to state security. Moldovan President Sandu stated on February 13 that some residents of Russia, Belarus, Serbia, and Montenegro had already intended to, and others will still intend to enter Moldova and assist in overthrowing its pro-EU administration in order to replace it with a Russian-controlled puppet regime.
According to President Sandu, pro-Russian opposition protests in Moldova would be used as a cover for a coup attempt by foreign saboteurs with military training who would enter the country as civilians.
This news came after the Moldovan police confirmed that the Russian plans to topple the pro-Western administration in Chisinau, made initially public by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, were of serious concern and needed to be addressed adequately.
The more detailed findings from the Moldovan intelligence indicate that Russia plans to infiltrate the ongoing anti-government demonstrations with the help of nationals of Belarus, Serbia, and Montenegro.
Unsurprisingly, the allegations of the coup have been rejected as unreasonable by Russia, while Serbia and Montenegro sought explanations from Moldovan officials. Consequently, Montenegrin, Serbian and Moldovan governments agreed on sharing information regarding the potential criminal acts of their citizens.