| 31 March 2023, Friday |

Kremlin says it is concerned by situation in breakaway Moldovan region

On Monday, the Kremlin expressed concern about the situation in Transdniestria, the breakaway territory of Moldova where it claimed that Ukraine and other European nations were inflaming the situation.

Moscow warned the West last week that it would consider any actions that endangered Russian peacekeepers in Transdniestria as an attack on Russia itself. The warning came as Moldova, a small ex-Soviet nation sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, became increasingly concerned about a potential Russian threat.

Moldova’s pro-European president, Maia Sandu, this month accused Moscow of plotting a coup, something Russia denied.

“Naturally, the situation in Transdniestria is the subject of our closest attention and a reason for our concern,” Peskov told reporters. “The situation is unsettled, it is being provoked, provoked from outside.

“But we know that our opponents in the Ukrainian regime, the Kyiv regime, as well as those in European countries, are capable of various types of provocation.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has dismissed Moscow’s assertion that Ukraine wants to take over the region, while Moldova sad there was no truth to the allegations.

Vadim Krasnoselsky, the self-styled president of Transdniestria, had earlier described the situation in the region as tense, but urged people to remain calm and said that citizens would be informed immediately should any threat of danger arise, the Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.

  • Reuters