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Expansion of the war to Moldova? Transnistria asks Russia for “protection”

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Expansion of the war to Moldova?  Transnistria asks Russia for “protection”

Could the Ukraine war expand? The unrecognized state, the separatist region of Transnistria between Ukraine and Moldova, is asking Russia for “protection” in the face of “increasing pressure from Moldova.”

the essentials in brief

  • Concerns are growing about a Russian invasion of the breakaway region of Transnistria in the Republic of Moldova.

  • Pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria have officially asked Russia for “protection” from Moldova.

  • There are clear parallels to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

Concerns are growing about a Russian invasion of the breakaway region of Transnistria in the Republic of Moldova. Pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria have now officially asked Russia for “protection” from Moldova. Moscow then described the “protection” of the residents of Transnistria as a priority.

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Fear that the Ukraine war could spread

Somehow a “déjà vu” seems to be emerging in the Transnistria region, a strip between Ukraine and Moldova that is around 200 kilometers long and sometimes only two kilometers wide. In this context, the “Rheinische Post” quotes CDU foreign policy expert Norbert Röttgen: “In the Moldovan region of Transnistria, what many have been warning about for two years is becoming apparent: namely, that the war is expanding. Separatists loyal to Russia also had separatists loyal to Russia in the border areas of Ukraine Moscow first asked for help before the annexation by Russia took place,” said Röttgen. “The full invasion of Ukraine followed. The weaker the West appears in its support for Ukraine, the more secure Putin feels in his imperialist aspirations. In order to stop this process, we must ensure that Russia fails in Ukraine,” he said CDU politician.

EU accession candidate Moldova has been warning of Russian invasion for a long time

Moldova, an EU candidate country, has been warning of a Russian invasion for a long time and fears of aggression from Russia are only likely to grow following the response from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Also because Russia has had its own soldiers stationed in Transnistria for decades. According to the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Michael Roth (SPD), Russia’s goal is clear: “Putin wants to prevent Moldova from moving further closer to the EU.” Roth continued: “The EU must now stand resolutely and unitedly on Moldova’s side and make it clear: Eastern Europe is not the forecourt of Putin’s power.”

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The chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael Roth (SPD), is also convinced that Russia will act further in view of current developments. “The dramatic developments in Moldova show that Russian imperialism is not limited to Ukraine alone. While Europe is once again arguing and divided, Russia continues to escalate. Putin wants more and is now also targeting Moldova,” said Roth in an interview with the “Rheinische Post”. “Russia has created frozen conflicts all over its neighborhood, which can now be thawed at will to further the destabilization of Eastern Europe. The call for help from the pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria to Moscow is a set-up and is reminiscent of developments in eastern Ukraine shortly before Russia’s invasion “, says Roth.

There are other candidates Putin could raid

In addition to Transnistria, there are other “vulnerable” candidates for Putin’s power fantasies. For example, the Georgian regions of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Kaliningrad region are on the agenda, as Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann from the FDP commented on this, according to “Deutschlandfunk”. We can now look forward to Putin’s State of the Nation speech, in which he may comment on Transnistria’s “cry for help”.

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