Truss announced plans to arm Moldova “according to NATO standards”
The head of the British Foreign Office said that this issue is being discussed with the member states of the military bloc. The intention to provide military assistance to Chisinau after the aggravation of the situation in Transnistria was previously announced by the EU and the USA .jpg” alt=”Truss announced plans to arm Moldova “according to NATO standards”” />
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
The UK is discussing with its allies in the North Atlantic Alliance the supply of modern weapons to Moldova, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in an interview with The Telegraph. She called the republic a “vulnerable state”.
“I would like to see Moldova armed according to NATO standards”,— the minister said. If the members of the alliance agree, then Chisinau will be provided with new types of weapons, and the soldiers of the Moldovan army will be taught how to use them, the newspaper writes.
The Republic borders on Odessa, Vinnitsa and Chernivtsi regions of Ukraine in the north, east and south. On May 19, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the conflict in Ukraine could spread to Moldova. “Recent incidents in Transnistria show that the spread of the conflict to neighboring countries is not excluded,” — he declared.
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa said on May 18 that Chisinau is aware of the risk of a situation in the immediate vicinity of the borders or on the territory of Moldova, but so far considers the danger distant. The head of government stressed that the republic plans to maintain the neutrality prescribed in the Constitution and is not going to join NATO after Sweden and Finland.
Russian peacekeepers have been in Pridnestrovie since 1992. Chisinau calls on Russia to withdraw them from the republic.
On April 22, the Ministry of Defense announced that during the second phase of the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian military was going to establish “full control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine.” The department indicated that control over the south of the neighboring state would allow providing another corridor to Transnistria, where “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.”
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After that, a series of incidents took place in the unrecognized republic, which Tiraspol considered terrorist attacks: an explosion near the building of the Ministry of State Security, two explosions at a radio and television center in the village of Mayak (disabled antennas relayed Russian radio), an attack on a military unit in the village of Parkany. On April 26, the PMR authorities declared a red level of terrorist threat.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to destabilize the situation in the region. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that unknown people want to involve Transnistria in the conflict.
Chairman of the European Council Charles Michel promised in early May that the EU would provide additional military support to Moldova: provide assistance in the field of cybersecurity and take action to ” “strengthening the military power of the country”. He did not give details and called for “refraining from provocative statements” in order to prevent an escalation in Moldova and Transnistria. Before that, the United States announced its intention to continue supporting the modernization of the Moldovan army.
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